Stephen King: Oscars are ‘rigged in favour of white folks’

Stephen King has acknowledged the Oscars are “rigged in the favour of white people” after coming under fire for previous comments about diversity.

Writing an essay for The Washington Post, the author said that while progress had been made in terms of the demographic of Academy Awards voters, it is still “not even within shouting distance of good enough”.

He also raised the question of whether voters actually watch “all films in serious contention”.

British actress and singer Cynthia Erivo eventually won the lead role. Pic. Harriet, Universal Studios
Image:British star Cynthia Erivo is the only black nominee in the acting categories. Pic. Harriet, Universal Studios

Once again, this year’s best director category features an all-male line-up and there is only one non-white actor nominated in the acting categories.

Amid the criticism surrounding the announcement of this year’s shortlists, King– who is able to nominate in the best picture, adapted screenplay and original screenplay categories – said in a tweet that the issue of diversity should not be a factor for Oscar voters.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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