Lupita Nyong’o Speaks Out Against the Academy Awards Nominations: ‘I Am Disappointed By the Lack of Inclusion’
Will she join Jada Pinkett Smith’s boycott?
Lupita Nyong’o is the latest actor to speak out about the lack of diversity in this year’s Academy Awards nominees. Nyong’o, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 12 Years a Slave, in 2013, expressed her disappointment in the Academy nominations on Instagram, for its, “lack of inclusion.”
This isn’t the first time Nyong’o has spoken out about the lack of diversity in Hollywood. In December, she talked about what it was like for her growing up and not seeing anyone who looked like her in the media.
“If you turn on the television and you are not represented on that television, you become invisible to yourself,” she told Elle U.K.. “And there was very little of myself that I saw on TV, or in the movies that I was watching, or in magazines that were lying around the salons or around the house. And so these are subconscious things. Yes, Western beauty standards are things that affect the entire world. And then what happens? You’re a society that doesn’t value darker skin.”
While it is clear Nyong’o is hoping for a change in future award shows, there is no word yet on whether or not she plans to attend or boycott the Academy Awards this year.