Clint Eastwood won't be among the Hollywood elite speaking out in favor of the "Oscars So White" boycott that gained traction after Jada Pinkett Smith made a video calling for more diversity among Academy Award nominees.
In fact, according to a few brief thoughts on the Oscars boycott captured by TMZ, Clint doesn't seem to be too invested either way. Eastwood does, however, seem to indicate that he's on the side of those who have come out in favor of the chosen group of nominees this year, noting that it's always going to be a stiffly competitive honor.
"I don't know anything about it, all I know is there are thousands of people in the Academy, and the majority of them haven't won Oscars. A lot of people are crying I guess."
Clint himself has, of course, been honored by the Oscars ceremony several times over the course of his life. Although he was never nominated for the acting prize for his classic roles in films like The Good, The Bad and The Ugly or For A Few Dollars More, the last few decades have seen him showered in praise by the Academy. Eastwood snagged the directing and Best Picture prize in both 1993 and 2005 for Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby respectively. Clint also received an Irving G. Thalberg lifetime achievement award in 1995, as well as nods for Letters From Iwo Jima, Mystic River and American Sniper.
"You can talk about the importance of diversity, as liberals like George Clooney like to do. Or you can, you know, make something worthwhile that also happens to be diverse in nature without pandering, as the conservative Clint has done."
Not everyone is quite as satisfied with the racial makeup of Eastwood's offerings. In 2008, Spike Lee -- who has also been one of the most vocal critics of this year's all-white Oscar nominees -- criticized Clint for failing to have black soldiers present in either Iwo Jima or Flags of Our Fathers. When speaking with The Guardian that same year, Eastwood had no tolerance for Spike's views, saying that he sought to represent reality not diversify it.
"What are you going to do, you gonna tell a f***in' story about that? Make it look like a commercial for an equal opportunity player? I'm not in that game. I'm playing it the way I read it historically, and that's the way it is. When I do a picture and it's 90% black, like Bird, I use 90% black people... a guy like that should shut his face."
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