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  • What Some Oscar Winners Had to Say About Diversity

  • Diversity was the hot topic at the Oscars, and here's what some of the winners had to say on the issue backstage

Transeúntes pasan por el área de llegada de los Oscar frente al Teatro Dolby de Los Angeles, el miércoles 24 de febrero del 2016. Los Premios de la Academia, en su 88a edición, se entregan el domingo. (Foto por Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP),

29 of February 2016 08:39:37

Diversity was the hot topic at the Oscars, and here's what some of the winners had to say on the issue backstage at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday:[caption id="attachment_2413" align="alignright" width="203"]Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and his wife María Eladia Hagerman arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California early Monday. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and his wife María Eladia Hagerman arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California early Monday. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok[/caption]"I think that the debate is not only about black and white people. I think diversity really includes brown. I think we are yellow and Native Americans and Latin American. The word is much more than one or the other. I think it's becoming a little bit very polarized, very politicized, without observing the complexity and beauty of this country being so mixed. That is a real power of it.""We are still dragging those prejudices and tribal thinking at this time. It seems absolutely absurd."— Alejandro G. Inarritu, winner, best director, for "The Revenant"___"I'm so proud to be working with these guys. It's what this industry is and what it should be."— Leonardo DiCaprio, winner, best lead actor, for "The Revenant," on the fact that best director Inarritu and best cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, are both from Mexico.___"If you look at the filmmakers, and the winner who just came through here, I think a genre that's quite diverse is the documentary section.""All we can do is do our bit. I'm from an Indian background, my family is Muslim, a working class background in north London, and you know, I didn't grow up in the film business, I didn't know anyone in the film business. So, all I can do is do my bit. All I can say to you is to ask those questions to the white people who come up here and not just the brown people."— Asif Kapadian, winner, best documentary, for "Amy"[caption id="attachment_2415" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Filmmaker Asif Kapadia holds his Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for "Amy" as he arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California February 29, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok Filmmaker Asif Kapadia holds his Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for "Amy" as he arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok[/caption]___"I should know him. We should date."— Sam Smith, winner, best original song, for "Writing's on the Wall," upon being told he was mistaken in thinking he was the first openly gay man to win an Oscar, including in the category, which was won by Howard Ashman, who died in 1991 from AIDS complications.___[caption id="attachment_2417" align="alignright" width="241"]Actors Morgan Freeman and Michael Keaton (R) enjoy Girl Scout cookies as host Chris Rock (L) closes the show at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California Sunday. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) Actors Morgan Freeman and Michael Keaton (R) enjoy Girl Scout cookies as host Chris Rock (L) closes the show at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California Sunday. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni[/caption]"This is what happens when determined women get together.""This week, the Pakistani prime minister said he would change the law on honor killing of women. That is the power of film."— Sharemeen Obaid-Chinoy, winner, best documentary short, for "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness."___"I thought he was great. I admire him as a big comedian and so happy he came in tonight and brought up both a lot of laughs and a lot of reality issues in the same way. I'm very happy he's our host tonight."— Alicia Vikander, winner, best supporting actress, for "The Danish Girl," on having Chris Rock as host.



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