Oscars: Nominee Mark Ruffalo Says He'll Attend in Support of 'Spotlight'

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The board members of the Academy Awards are holding a meeting on January 26 to fight perception that the Academy is racist or elitist following allegations by actors and commoners for the lack of diversity in its nominations.

The don't-call-it-a-boycott Oscars might be more interesting for who won't be in attendance than who will. Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith, and now Will Smith have all said that they're not planning on attending the Oscars, which, for the second year in a row, nominated 20 white people in the acting categories. "The entire American system is rife with white privilege racism", he said.

However, Ruffalo added, "Except I'm in a movie that's representing a whole other group of disenfranchised people who have no voice and this movie means so much to them."So I totally get it and I support them but I have to demur and I have to stand up for the people I have to stand up for".

Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo may also boycott the awards show next month over the lack of diversity among the top nominees.

After some minor confusion, "Spotlight" actor Mark Ruffalo said he will attend the 2016 Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California Sunday, Feb. 28.

"My wife's not going". "When I look at the series of nominations of the academy, it's not reflecting that beauty". "I heard her words and was happy to be married to that woman", he told ABC's Good Morning America this morning. "We're part of this community but at this current time, we're uncomfortable to stand there and say that this is OK".

"The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership. That's the problem. You can change the Academy, but if there are no black films being produced, what is there to vote for?"

Another theory suggested that the preferential voting system for nominations will be overhauled, since a widely admired film could still fail to score a nomination because of a complicated system. The films that are being made, are the big-time producers thinking outside of the box in terms of how to cast the role?

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