Screen Shot 2016-01-21 at 9.50.35 AMVariety asked Hollywood heart-throb George Clooney for his thoughts on what Hollywood should be doing differently to ensure we can abandon the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag altogether. “I don’t think it’s a problem of who you’re picking as much as it is: How many options are available to minorities in film, particularly in quality films?” he said.

While many are up in arms over the fact that there are no black actors or actresses nominated this year, others are arguing that the academy had slim pickings to choose from. Creed, Concussion, Straight Outta Compton and Beasts Of No Nation pretty much round out the list of options and those who deem the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag unnecessary to use this time around are saying those options – while they were all great movies – were not exactly Oscar-worthy. (Creed Best Director nom excluded)

“There should be 20 or 30 or 40 films of the quality that people would consider for the Oscars. By the way, we’re talking about African-Americans. For Hispanics, it’s even worse. We need to get better at this. We used to be better at it.” he added.

Check out more of what Clooney had to say over at Variety.

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  • yoda

    I like George but he’s not saying anything we weren’t all saying. The three African American films listed are movies I wouldn’t have interest in seeing.
    I doubt Movies like The Revenant or The Martian would have been greenlit with a minority as the star.
    Why is it so hard to finish a comment!!! The box keeps cutting me off and I end up clicking on links.

  • PirmasensVet

    Fu$K Clooney. How many black people has he had in his movies or helping with the production? An article I just saw stated zero. The only white actor/director I want to hear from on this issue is Tarantino. At least he creates Oscar worthy roles and leading roles for minorities. Lucy Liu, Samual Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Vivica Fox, Carrie Washington.

    • i mean

      So I actually did some research, and found his production company “Smoke House Pictures.” And you are indeed right, a vast majority of his movies are completely white, with the exception of “The American” and “Leather Heads” had Ledisi in it. Articles like this leave me conflicted, because I am glad that white people aren’t living on planet delusional. However, I would assume if you are vocal about the problem, you would be active in trying to find a solution. Hollywood is an interesting place where everything is essentially run on debt. I find the movie makers who started as independent tend to have more freedom in who they cast as opposed to someone who moved their way up to the top. But I digress, maybe transparency is the new delusional with white people.

    • Mico

      I agree with your first statement but Tarantino is racist as all get out. I did enjoy Kill Bill and probably a few of his other films but he’s just as bad, vehemently defending his usage of the n word, stating that he’s black just because he went to school with black people, etc.

    • Mary Burrell

      I like Tarrantino’s films but I have always wondered if he was a racist his use of the n-word is jarring.

  • We, as black people, talked about similar concerns for years and decades. Frankly, this is a tipping point in that we won’t support those who disrespect us plainly speaking. There are many films with amazing, talented black people (whether in the independent film industry or in wider markets) that have shown amazing story lines, emotion, and dramatic creativity. The Oscars just don’t care. Those who decide the films to be selected by the Oscars focus primarily on profit, box office sales, and their own biases not necessarily on value of the film. Therefore, we should focus on building our own films, production companies, etc. that we own and control. We should also support film institutions all over the Black African Diaspora.

    • CoolChic


    • Thank you Sister. We will fight too. We won’t stop until justice is made real in the world.

  • Mary Burrell

    I like George but have no interest in any of those films.

  • eLLe D.

    Good on him for speaking out but it’s not like he doesn’t have a platform to start making that change in the industry either, just saying…