The controversy about the diversity issue surrounding the Oscars refuses to die down. Director George Miller has recently said that when it comes to casting for his movies, it’s the story that he swears by and not whether there is racial, sexual diversity enough in the casting decision. However, he sees a positive outcome from all the talk about the diversity issue.
“I think casting is story driven, but I think what’s really good about what’s happened is, if there’s a positive to come out of it, it’s alerted everybody to the problem,” Miller said. He was at Beverly Hills for the traditional Oscar Nominees Luncheon along with 150 other nominees for the 88th Academy Awards to be held on February 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.
Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015) has received 10 Academy Award nominations this year, including Best Director and Best Motion Picture. The film stars two prominent white actors, Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy.
The 70-year-old director has however said that the diversity controversy has had an impact on him. “In terms of the next movies I hope to make, it’s there in the back of your mind,” Miller said, reports Herald Sun with AAP.
Due to the uproar surrounding the lack of diversity among Oscar nominees, the Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs had announced a number of reforms among the membership of the Academy and its voting regulations.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the number of women and diverse members of the Academy are to be doubled by 2020 so that women comprise 48 percent of the organization and diverse groups make up 14 percent of total membership.
Also, three new seats are to be added to the 51-person board of governors. Further, the Academy is to take steps to increase diversity by adding new members who are not on the board of governors to its executive and board committees.
The AAP story also mentions that Sylvester Stallone, who has been nominated this year for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for “Creed,” asked his director Ryan Coggler and star Michael B. Jordan who were both snubbed by the Oscars, whether they want him to go.
“I said, ‘If you want me to go I’ll go. If you don’t, I won’t’. He said, ‘No, we want you to go’,” Stallone told reporters, recalling the conversation with Coogler.
Other A-list nominees at the Luncheon included Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Matt Damon, Brie Larson, Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo and Alejandro González Iñárritu.