Julie Delpy is the latest actor to comment on the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees saying that in her opinion it is still harder to be a woman in the film industry.
Appearing at the Sundance Film Festival for the premiere of her new film Weiner-Dog, Delpy told The Wrap; ‘Two years ago, I said something about the Academy being very white male, which is the reality, and I was slashed to pieces by the media.’
She then added; ‘It’s funny – women can’t talk. I sometimes wish I were African American because people don’t bash them afterward.’
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Thoughts: Julie Delpy (above) said in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival that it is harder being a woman than African American in Hollywood
Party: Delpy has twice been nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for her work on Before Sunset and Before Midnight (above with fellow nominees Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater in 2014)
Friends: She also wrote, directed, produced and starred in 2 Days in New York, acting alongside Chris Rock (above in 2012) who is hosting this year’s awards
Delpy went on to say; ‘It’s the hardest to be a woman. Feminists is something people hate above all. Nothing worse than being a woman in this business. I really believe that.’
She also noted how hard it is to get films made as a woman.
Delpy made the comment while speaking on a panel alongside her Weiner-Dog cast mates Danny DeVito and Kieran Culkin as well as director Todd Solondz, and at one point Culkin could be seen cringing and putting his head in his hands as Delpy answered the question.
DeVito tried to help Delpy out a bit, saying; ‘It’s unfortunate that we’re xenophobic, it’s unfortunate that women make 30 percent less than men in various times.
‘I just found out happens in the film business. women are hired for less money than men.’
The comment Delpy was referencing that previously got her in trouble was made in 2014, when she said of the Academy in an interview with So Film; ‘It’s 90 percent white men over 70 who need money because they haven’t done anything in a long time.
‘You just need to give them two or three presents and they’re in your pocket. It doesn’t mean anything to me, so I don’t really care if there are women in the selection process.’
Delpy, who has twice been nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for her work on Before Sunset and Before Midnight, has also worked as a director and producer in the industry, most recently on the 2012 film 2 Days in New York.
On that film, which she also wrote and starred in, she acted opposite a man who will be front and center at next month’s Academy Awards and may take issue with her comments – Chris Rock.
Rough day: Her comments came on the same day another critical darling, Charlotte Rampling, was criticized for making a tone-def statement about race
Very upset: Chelsea Clinton attacked Rampling for her comments on twitter
The French-born actress’ surprisingly tone-def statement came on the same day Charlotte Rampling was also criticized for comments she made about the Academy Awards.
Rampling, a Best Actress nominee this year for her work in 45 Years, said of the proposed Oscar boycott in an interview with Europe 1 Radio in Paris; ‘It’s anti-white racism. Maybe black actors don’t deserve to be on the final stretch?’
She then added; ‘Why classify people? They feel like a minority, they think: “We’re the black actors and there are not enough of us.’
Rampling later issued a statement to CBS Sunday Morning about her comments, saying; ‘I regret that my comments could have been misinterpreted this week in my interview with Europe 1 Radio.
‘I simply meant to say that in an ideal world every performance will be given equal opportunities for consideration. I am very honored to be included in this year’s wonderful group of nominated actors and actresses.’
Many have come out attacking the two women, most notably Chelsea Clinton who called Rampling’s comments ‘outrageous, ignorant and offensive.’
Critics and those in the film industry however have said little to nothing about the comments made by the two women, who have long been critical darlings for their surprising and nuanced film work though never box-office heavyweights.
Rampling, 69, made her name in films such as Georgy Girl and The Night Porter before going on to receive raves for her performances in films including Under the Sand and Swimming Pool, but has never been nominated for an Academy Award before this year.
Her biggest competition in that category comes from two young actresses – 26-year-old Room star Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan, who at just 21 years of age has received her second Oscar nomination for Brooklyn.
Delpy, 46, drew international acclaim for her work in the French film Three Colors: Blue in her twenties and went on to star in a series of both big budget and independent films, but is best known stateside for her work opposite Ethan Hawke in Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight trilogy.
Despite being heralded as one of the best actor’s of her generation, she has never been nominated for an Oscar for acting.
Look-alikes: This years 20 Academy Award nominees for acting are all white
Exception: There is one bright young non-white star who did receive a nomination, The Weeknd (above in december) who is nominated for Best Original Song
As for the Oscar diversity issue which drew both women into making these controversial comments, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced on Friday a plan to diversify the membership moving forward.
‘The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,’ said Boone Isaacs.
‘These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.’
In a statement, the Academy said that the ‘goal is to commit to doubling the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by 2020.’
The plan on doing this by inviting more diverse members to join and ending the memberships of any individuals who have not been active in the industry for over a period of 10 years.
Delpy was invited to join the writing branch of the Academy in 2013 as a result of her previous nominations while Rampling will likely be asked to join the acting branch later this year.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee led the charge in calling for a boycott of this year’s Oscars following a complete absence of non-white nominees in the acting categories.
Jada’s husband Will Smith later said he too would be boycotting the ceremony.
Films including Creed and Straight Outta Compton did receive recognition at this year’s awards, but for their white star and white writers respectively.
There is one bright young non-white star who did receive a nomination however this year who no one seems to be talking about – Abęl Tesfaye.
The 25-year-old Canadian, who is of Ethiopian decent, has been nominated for Best Original Song for his work on Earned It which appeared on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.
It was a surprising nod for the pop star who is better known by his stage name, The Weeknd.
He will face off against Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, J. Ralph and David Lang in that category – who are all white.