"The problem is not with the Oscars, the problem is with the Hollywood movie-making system", the two-time Oscar nominee told Entertainment Tonight.
"In my mind, I see a line", she quoted Harriet Tubman in her emotional acceptance speech. "You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there".
Davis is not attending the awards show this year, not because she's boycotting, but "cause I'm gonna be on vacation".
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who was famously snubbed in 2015 for her direction of the widely praised best-picture Oscar nominee Selma (along with the film's star David Oyewolo, who portrayed Martin Luther King Jr.), was among those who reacted quickly to the news.
"Nothing can diminish the quality of their work, but these film-makers deserve recognition".
It isn't just the Academy Awards.
In addition, double Oscar victor Dustin Hoffman suggested that the United States has bigger issues to tackle. He lost to other black actors: Denzel Washington and Forest Whitaker. Ironically enough, two films helmed by either Black actors and/or directors-"Creed" and "Compton"-were recognized by the academy, but their sole nominations were denied to people of color, with Sylvester Stallone receiving a best supporting actor nod for his role in "Creed" and writers of "Compton" receiving a nomination for best original screenplay. I woke up in the morning thinking, 'What is the right way to do this?' Because if you look at Martin Luther King's legacy, what he was saying is the good people who don't act are much worse than the wrongdoers who are purposely not acting and don't know the right way". I saw Idris Elba [in Beasts Of No Nation]...
"Of course it will come".
"I think diversity is the American superpower - that's why we're great", Smith said before noting that "the nominations are not reflecting that beauty".
On Thursday, former Oscar nominee Will Smith joined his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and director Spike Lee in boycotting this year's Oscar ceremony on 26 February.
However, is the Academy really the problem or the industry itself? "The things that they're rallying against are true, there is... diversity issues... but... the people that are actually rallying are very powerful, and they could create their own Academy, so I go for - start your own Academy".
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