Charlotte Rampling: ‘I Regret My Racist Oscars Diversity Comments’
Actress Charlotte Rampling insists the controversial comments attributed to her as she opened up about the lack of diversity at this year’s Oscars were “misinterpreted.” Earlier this week during a chat with French radio station Europe 1, the 69-year-old, who is nominated this year for her role in 45 Years, claimed the #OscarsWoWhite uproar surrounding next month’s 88th Academy Awards ceremony is “racist to white people.”
The alleged remarks came as African-American stars attacked Academy voters for failing to nominate a single black actor, director or film for any of the leading Oscars categories. The actress was quoted as saying, “One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list.” Rampling was slammed for her alleged comments and now the thespian has now spoken out in an effort to clarify what she meant. “I regret that my comments could have been misinterpreted this week in my interview with Europe 1 Radio,” she told CBS Sunday Morning. “I simply meant to say that in an ideal world every performance will be given equal opportunities for consideration.” On Friday, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, announced the executives of the institution had unanimously approved of sweeping modifications to their voting system in light of the #OscarsSoWhite uproar, and Rampling believes the Academy’s commitment to fixing the diversity problem is really promising. “Diversity in our industry is an important issue that needs to be addressed,” she said. “I am highly encouraged by the changes announced today by the Academy to diversify its membership.” Rampling will compete against Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett, Brie Larson, and Saoirse Ronan for the Best Actress trophy at this year’s Oscars. “I am very honored to be included in this year’s wonderful group of nominated actors and actresses,” she added. The Academy Awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on February 28.