Sir Michael Caine, the esteemed British thespian, weighed in on the #OscarsSoWhite fracas in an interview with BBC Radio 4 posted Friday, telling black actors to “be patient.” Their day will come, he said.
“In the end you can’t vote for an actor because he’s black. You can’t just say ‘I’m going to vote for him, he’s not very good, but he’s black, I’ll vote for him’,” Caine said. Although he did express exasperation and surprise that Idris Elba didn’t get a nod for his work in the Netflix film Beasts of No Nation. “I thought he was wonderful,” Caine said.
“Of course it will come,” Caine said. “It took me years to get an Oscar.” Caine has been nominated for six Oscars during his 60-plus-year career, taking the gold home for his fourth and fifth nominations.
The actress Charlotte Rampling, who is Oscar-nominated this year for her work in 45 Years, came under fire Friday for saying that all this talk of diversity in the Academy Awards was “racist to whites.”
In response to the interviewer’s query, Caine noted that he was not a politician. Thanks for clearing that up, Sir Michael.
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