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Oscars race row is 'racist to white people', says nominee Charlotte Rampling

Published 22/01/2016

Actress Charlotte Rampling is nominated for best actress.
Actress Charlotte Rampling is nominated for best actress.

Actress Charlotte Rampling has said the controversy over there being no black actors on the Oscars shortlist is unfair to the white actors who were nominated.

"Perhaps the black actors did not deserve to be in the final straight," she said.

The 69-year-old, who is up for the best actress award for her role in 45 Years, told French radio station Europe 1: "It's racist to white people."

She continued: "We can never know if it was really the case, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to be in the final straight."

When asked whether the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should introduce quotas, s he said: "Why categorise people? We live in countries where everyone is more or less accepted. There are always issues like 'He is less good looking', 'He is too black'. There is always someone who says 'You are too...' So are we going to say, 'We will categorise all that to make lots of minorities everywhere?'"

Asked if the black community in the film industry felt like a minority, she replied: "No comment."

Rampling is up against Kate Winslet, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett and Brie Larson.

The actress echoed former Oscar winner Sir Michael Caine who told BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday: "You can't vote for an actor because he's black. You can't say 'I'm going to vote for him, he's not very good, but he's black, I'll vote for him'."

Earlier in the day, he said that nominations should be based solely on performance.

"You have to give a good performance and I'm sure people have. I saw Idris Elba (in Beasts Of No Nation). Did he not get a nomination? I thought he was wonderful."

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