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Quincy Jones on Oscars’ Lack of Diversity: ‘It’s Ridiculous. It’s Wrong’

MIAMI — Quincy Jones has decried the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations and has vowed to address the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences’ board of governors on the issue.

Jones ranks as the first African-American to be appointed to the Academy’s board of governors. Speaking Wednesday at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference, Jones said he intends to speak to the AMPAS board about the situation next week.

“I’m going to ask the board to let me speak for five minutes on this lack of diversity,” he said. “We’ve got to find a solution. It’s been going on for too long.”

Jones stopped short of vowing to sit out the Feb. 28 ceremony as some prominent African-American industryites have done. “There’s two ways to (protest) it,” Jones said. “You can boycott it or you can solve it and fix it. It’s frightening to see (nominees) 90% white and 80% white males. It’s ridiculous. It’s wrong.”

Jones spoke Wednesday as part of a Q&A with producer Norman Lear conducted by Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

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