Lupita Nyong'o criticises The Academy Awards

January 20, 2016

Lupita Nyong'o, the first African actress to win an Academy Award is the latest on the list of celebrities who have criticised the celebrated awards its lack of diversity.


Nyong'o won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2013 for her role as 'Patsey' in "12 Years A Slave".


She took to Instagram to express her disappointment, citing a famous quote: "Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced," originally made by African-American novelist James Balwin.


"I am disappointed by the lack of inclusion in this year's Academy Awards nominations. It has me thinking about unconscious prejudice and what merits prestige in our culture. The Awards should not dictate the terms of art in our modern society, but rather be a diverse reflection of the best of what our art has to offer today.


 I stand with my peers who are calling for change in expanding the stories that are told and recognition of the people who tell them," the actress stated.


Nyong'o now joins George Clooney, Idris Elba, Whoopi Goldberg, Spike Lee, David Oyelowo and Jada Pinkett Smith who have all expressed their disappointed in The Academy Awards that has failed to nominate a single African-American for the second year in a row.


However, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and director Spike Lee have both stated that they will not be attending the awards show this year.


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