Actor Brie Larson called out the film industry’s lack of diversity during a speech at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards on Wednesday night, demanding that more women and minority film critics be allowed access to movie screenings. In particular, the actor noted that films targeted at female and minority audiences, such as A Wrinkle in Time, were almost exclusively reviewed by white male critics.
“I don’t need a white dude to tell me what didn’t work for him in A Wrinkle In Time. It wasn’t made for him. I want to know what that film meant to women of color, to biracial women, to teen women of color, to teens that are biracial. And, for the third time, I don’t hate white dudes. These are just facts,” Larson declared after accepting the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film.
But what I am saying is if you make a movie that is a love letter to a woman of color, there is an insanely low chance that a woman of color will have a chance to see your movie and review your movie … It really sucks that reviews matter, but reviews matter,” she added.
During her speech, Larson also announced that the Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals had agreed to provide at least 20 percent of their credentials to women and minority journalists — a trend that she hopes marketing executives and high-level journalists would also push to support.
Her comments drew applause from the crowd at the award show, and A Wrinkle In Time director Ava Duvernay was among those to hail her call to action on social media.
“Brie Larson is a warrior,” wrote DuVernay. “Much respect.”
“Am I saying I hate white dudes?” asked the Oscar-winning “Room” actress. “No. But if you make a movie that’s a love letter to women of color, there’s an insanely low chance a woman of color critic will have a chance to review your movie.” @BrieLarson is a warrior. Much respect. https://t.co/hYWP5fmYuO
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 14, 2018
Watch a video clip from Larson’s speech below.
.@brielarson's Crystal Award acceptance speech was characteristically wonderful and I'm sorry I didn't capture the whole thing on video. It was centered around @Inclusionists' film critics diversity study that was released this week. #CrystalLucys pic.twitter.com/qPjzjSjfKz
— Rebecca Sun (@therebeccasun) June 14, 2018
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