Filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry says he doesn't "have an opinion in any way" regarding the latest #OscarsSoWhite controversy. But he still believes that "Hustlers" star Jennifer Lopez and "The Farewell" actress Awkwafina deserved nominations for the 2020 Academy Awards for their latest roles.
“I think Jennifer Lopez should have been recognized. I think Awkwafina should have been recognized, absolutely. But I don't have an opinion about it, "Perry, 50, told" CBS This Morning "on Wednesday while promoting his new movie," A Fall From Grace, "which premiered on Netflix on Friday.
The Oscars were reprimanded on Monday for some notable shunings in the field of nominations, including the absence of nominations for cast members of Bong Joon Ho's "Parasite" star and "Dolemite Is My Name," Eddie Murphy, of 58 years
But Perry, who was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last fall, praised Netflix for embracing diversity. She shared her feelings about a face-to-face meeting with the serpentine when she released her film about a law-abiding woman who confesses to killing her husband.
"One of the things that I loved is that I entered the room to have my first encounter with them, and I had never seen that kind of diversity in Hollywood sitting around the table. Women, all races, all sexes, all represented around the table, "Perry said." Big ups on Netflix just because of the diversity I saw when I entered that room. "
Perry himself pressed for inclusion in his next film by choosing Crystal R. Fox ("Big Little Lies") as the main character, his first leading role despite four decades working as an actress.
"Oh, she is extremely talented and had not had that opportunity," said Perry of the 56-year-old actress. "This woman can act in scenes with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis and Meryl Streep, it's that good."
Perry, who created and starred in the popular "Madea" movie franchise, says attitudes in Hollywood are "changing very slowly" about the diversification of roles for people of color, but adds that it is important for studio owners to production as he presses for change to occur. .
"I think it will take more people like me who are taking the bull by the horns, entrepreneurs, creating their own stores to give more opportunities to people like this who deserve it," he said.
"Build your own table so you don't have to keep asking people to feel theirs. I think the Academy has tried to invite more people of color to the voting process," Perry said. "We'll see what happens."
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