Michael Caine tells black actors to 'be patient' when it comes to Oscar nominations
As the controversy surrounding the #OscarsSoWhite continues, actor Sir Michael Caine is sharing his opinion, telling black actors to “be patient” and wait for their nominations to come.
Caine said that he does not want the Oscars to be awarded as a part of a system of quotes, saying, “There’s loads of black actors. In the end you can’t vote for an actor because he’s black. You can’t say ‘I’m going to vote for him, he’s not very good, but he’s black, I’ll vote for him’.”
He went on to tell actors that had been snubbed to “be patient” and wait for their time to get an Oscar.
“Of course it will come. It took me years to get an Oscar, years,” he added.
He then went on to point out that there was one bright spot to not being nominated: you don’t have to go to the Oscars themselves.
“The best thing about it is you don’t have to go. Especially the Oscars, 24 hours on an aeroplane and I’ve got to sit there clapping Leonardo DiCaprio. I love Leonardo, he played my son in a movie, but I’m too old to travel that far and sit in an audience and clap someone else,” he said.