Charlotte Rampling, an English actor known for playing Evelyn Vogel in TV’s Dexter and as a film icon of the Swinging Sixties, went on France’s Europe 1 radio station to discuss the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar acting nominations — particularly, how she thinks it’s no big deal, and, if anything, drawing attention to it is “racist to whites.”
“One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list,” added Rampling, who was nominated in the best actress category for her role in 45 Years, a movie about a rich white couple experiencing marital troubles.
Rampling went on to say she thinks any sort of quota system to encourage diversity within nominees would be ill-thought, because “these days everyone is more or less accepted.”
“Why classify people?” she asked. “People will always say ‘Him, he’s not as handsome’ or ‘Him, he’s too black’ or ‘He’s too white.’ But does that necessarily mean there should be lots of minorities everywhere? What does it mean that [black actors] still think that they’re a minority?”
I guess Rampling’s right in the sense that there would have to be at least one single black actor nominated for them to “think they’re a minority.” Right now, statistically at least, black actors can’t really even be sure that they exist.
Michael Caine spoke to a BBC radio program and advised black actors to “be patient.” “There’s loads of black actors,” he said. “In the end you can’t vote for an actor because he’s black. You can’t say ‘I’m going to vote for him, he’s not very good, but he’s black, I’ll vote for him.’ You have to give a good performance and I’m sure people have. Of course it will come. It took me years to get an Oscar, years.”
(There’s at least one black actress who might agree with Rampling and Caine.)
Charlotte Rampling: It’s ‘Racist To Whites’ To Discuss Oscar’s Lack Of Diversity