Viola Davis is the latest entertainer to throw her opinion on this year’s Academy Award nominations into the ring. Though Davis says she won’t be attending the Oscars because she’ll be “on vacation” she did speak on the controversy concerning the lack of diversity among the nominees and made a very interesting point about an oft unspoken wage gap.
“The problem is not with the Oscars,” Davis said of the whitewashed nominations. “The problem is with the Hollywood movie-making system.
“How many black films are being produced every year? How are they being distributed? The films that are being made, are the big-time producers thinking outside of the box in terms of how to cast the role? Can you cast a black woman in that role? Can you cast a black man in that role?”
“The problem isn’t even our pay,” she said later, while demonstrating that pay is an issue that one day should be addressed. “You could probably line up all the A-List black actresses out there [and] they probably don’t make what one A-List white woman makes in one film. That’s the problem. You can change the Academy, but if there are no black films being produced, what is there to vote for?”