A number of the Academy Award winners added their voices Sunday night to the discussion of diversity, or the lack of it, in Hollywood and at the Oscars.
Here are a few examples, compiled by the AP:
- Alejandro G. Inarritu, winner of Best Director for “The Revenant”: “I think that the debate is not only about black and white people. I think diversity really includes brown. I think we are yellow and Native Americans and Latin American. The word is much more than one or the other. I think it’s becoming a little bit very polarized, very politicized, without observing the complexity and beauty of this country being so mixed. That is a real power of it.”
- Sharemeen Obaid-Chinoy, winner of Best Documentary Short for “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”: “This is what happens when determined women get together. … This week, the Pakistani prime minister said he would change the law on honor killing of women. That is the power of film.”
- Leonardo DiCaprio, winner of Best Actor for “The Revenant,” commenting on the fact that “Revenant” director Inarritu and Best Cinematographer winner Emmanuel Lubezki are both from Mexico: “I’m so proud to be working with these guys. It’s what this industry is and what it should be.”