By: Daily Mail
CLINT Eastwood has dismissed the Oscars racism row, saying ‘a lot of people are crying’.
His intervention comes amid plans by stars including Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith to boycott next month’s Academy Awards ceremony because no black actors were nominated for the second year in a row.
The Dirty Harry actor said ‘a lot of people are crying’ and pointed out that there are ‘thousands of people in the Academy and a lot of them, the majority of them, haven’t won Oscars’.
British stars Sir Michael Caine and Charlotte Rampling, as well as two-time Oscar nominee Julie Delpy, also hit back at those accusing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of racism.
Sir Michael said: ‘You can’t just say “I’m going to vote for him, he’s not very good, but he’s black, I’ll vote for him”. You’ve got to give a good performance.’
Rampling, nominated for her first Oscar this year, has said the debate smacked of ‘anti-white racism’, and Delpy said she wished she was black as it was easier than being a woman in Hollywood.
Both women faced a vitriolic backlash and apologised.
Four-time Oscar winner Eastwood was also attacked, with one critic tweeting: ‘Conservative racist gives advice to those protesting against racism… yeah… lots of credibility there.’
In response to the row, the Academy is to double its female and minority membership by 2020.