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Mark Ruffalo: I back Oscar diversity protesters

By Kate Ferguson

Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo has branded the lack of diversity at this year's Oscars as "terrible" and said he was tempted to join the boycott in protest at the lack of black nominees.

Film director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith have both said they will not attend the Academy Awards in protest at the "lilywhite" ceremony.

Speaking at the UK premiere of his new film Spotlight, Ruffalo (48) said that while there are more black actors than when he strutted out, Hollywood still has a "long way to go".

Speaking about the Oscar controversy, he said: "I think it's terrible, and I have a lot of sympathy for it (the boycott) and I completely understand why people are protesting. They have to."

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