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Denzel Washington’s response to Oscar’s diversity problem: “Yeah, and so what? You going to give up?”

Denzel Washington has received a total of six Oscar nominations over his illustrious career.  In an interview with CBS’ Bill Whitaker on 60 minutes, Washington gave his thoughts on the awards ceremony and its issues with diversity.

In addressing the Academy’s selection process and whether it is fair, Washington stated. “Yeah, and so what (if its unfair)? You going to give up? If you’re looking for an excuse, you’ll find one,” he responded, adding that you can find excuses “wherever you like….Can’t live like that……Just do the best you can do.”

The latest nomination for Washington comes through Fences “which he produced, directed and starred in.”  The film was written by August Wilson and is about a former Negro League player working as a waste collector who “struggles to provide for his family and come to terms with the events of his life.”

“Washington is set to bring all of Wilson’s 10 plays to life at HBO, according to CBS.”

In my opinion, the Oscar’s in itself is ridiculously unfair.  Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Will Smith have all been apart of fantastic productions only to come up short for decades.  The award’s ceremony has many flaws in its deals including diversity, the “old boys” network, rewarding a prototypical film, etc.  I do agree with Washington that if you commit yourself to your craft, you will be rewarded for it.  The great thing about the Oscar’s being public is that if a great actor or actress is continually overlooked, the masses take notice and will criticize the organization for its lack of vision.

You’d think certain issues like expanding their film selection for characters and production would be a no brainier, but alas it is not.  Despite this, the recent movements of the Academy gives some reason for hope that the acknowledgement of more diverging films will occur.  Only time will tell if this is an everlasting effect, but I do have hope.

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