UPDATED: Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo won’t be sitting out this year’s awards show, after all.
Ruffalo says he’s “going to the Oscars in support of the victims of clergy sexual abuse and good journalism” after telling BBC Breakfast that he was considering boycotting the show after the Academy nominated only white men and women for the second year in a row in the 20 acting categories.
The thesp, up for his supporting role in “Spotlight,” would have been joining the likes of Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee, who have all announced that they won’t be attending the Feb. 28 ceremony.
“I’m weighing it, yes. That’s where I’m at right now,” he told BBC Breakfast on Thursday morning when ask if he’s contemplating not attending the Oscars. “I woke up in the morning thinking, ‘what is the right way to do this?’ Because if you look at Martin Luther King, Jr.’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.”
BBC Breakfast’s Charlie Stayt also asked the “Avengers” star what he thinks about the lack of black representation at the Oscars.
“I totally agree. It isn’t just the Academy Awards,” Ruffalo said. “The entire American system is rife with white privilege racism. It goes into our justice system.”
Ruffalo’s Catholic sex scandal drama “Spotlight” is also in the running for the night’s biggest award: best picture.
Smith is the latest celebrity to announce that he won’t attend the Oscars. He echoed Ruffalo’s sentiments Thursday morning on “Good Morning America.”
“When I look at it, the nominations reflect the Academy, the Academy reflects the industry, reflects Hollywood. And then the industry reflects America, it reflects a series of challenges we’re having in our country at the moment,” he said. “There’s a regressive slide towards separatism, towards racial and religious disharmony, and that’s not the Hollywood that I want to leave behind. That’s not the industry, that’s not the America that I want to leave behind.”
The Academy is now considering changes in membership and Oscar categories to halt the diversity crisis. President Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement on Monday that she was “both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion” and that the Academy “is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership.”