Lupita Nyong'o is the last black person to be nominated for an acting Academy Award, and she has something to say about it.
She won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Patsey in the film 12 Years a Slave and has already spoken about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, which began in 2015 after only white actors garnered nominations in every acting category. The controversy's flame was rekindled this year when the Oscars hit repeat and awarded all 20 acting nominations to white actors.
In an interview with BuzzFeed, Nyong'o continued speaking about the controversy and about the importance of inclusion in Hollywood film narratives.
"Inclusion is about us including everyone," Nyong'o told BuzzFeed. "And when we do so, we are better reflecting the world we live in. And it's important for the ways in which we dream to reflect the world we live in because within that, we create tomorrow. We allow for the imagination for tomorrow. So it's vital, I think, for film, TV and theater to be inclusive of the people who will engage in it, and who will learn to dream from it."
"The awards should not dictate the terms of art in our modern society, but rather be a diverse reflection of the best of what our art has to offer today," she wrote.
Nyong'o's call for inclusion joined a chorus of voices that called for the Oscars in particular, and Hollywood overall, to better reflect the U.S. population. Some of those voices include actress Jada Pinkett Smith and director Spike Lee, both of whom decided to skip the Oscars ceremony, as well as actors Reese Witherspoon, Viola Davis and Mark Ruffalo. Some even called for host Chris Rock to step down from his emcee duties.
Some in Hollywood have spoken out against the movement, including actress Charlotte Rampling and Michael Caine, but it hasn't deterred Nyong'o.
"At the end of the day, change does not come without resistance," Nyong'o told BuzzFeed. "So it doesn't discourage me."