Mark Ruffalo, an Oscar nominee for Spotlight, will be attending next month’s Academy Awards, but wrote that he does support the position of the growing movement to boycott the event due to the lack of people of color nominated in the acting categories.
Ruffalo, who’s up for best supporting actor for the third time, posted on Twitter that he will be attending the ceremony “in support of the victims of clergy Sexual Abuse and good journalism,” referencing the subject matter of Spotlight. However, he also mentioned that he supports the boycott’s agenda, and believes that it should yield a “larger discussion about racism” in our society.
Several of Hollywood’s elite have expressed disappointment in the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominees, and some, including Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, have announced that they will not be participating in this year’s ceremony. This is the second straight year in which zero people of color were nominated in the acting categories.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has expressed disappointment in the lack of diversity, and recently wrote that changes are coming to the Academy’s membership.