Reese Witherspoon has joined the growing list of celebrities who have commented on this year’s Oscars controversy and the actress blasted the Academy Awards for its lack of diversity amongst this year’s nominations.
The 39-year-old “Hot Pursuit” star, in an online post, has called for a “more diverse voting membership”.
Sharing an article on Facebook, Witherspoon wrote, “I really appreciated this article in TIME on the lack of racial and gender diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations.
“So disappointed that some of 2015’s best films, filmmakers and performances were not recognized… Nothing can diminish the quality of their work, but these filmmakers deserve recognition. As an Academy member, I would love to see a more diverse voting membership.”
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Meanwhile, Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and filmmaker Spike Lee have confirmed they will not be attending the ceremony this year.
When asked if he was attending, Will said, “No, my wife’s not going. It would be awkward for me to show up with Charlize Theron.
“We’ve discussed it. We’re part of this community, but at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say that this is OK.”