Diversity of opinion

Brie Larson calls for more women and minority film critics to have greater sway in Hollywood

Brie Larson accepts The Crystal Award for Excellence in Film onstage during the Women In Film 2018 Crystal + Lucy Awards presented by Max Mara,Lancôme and Lexus at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 13, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Women In Film)

Actress 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 actress 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.”

Watch a video clip from Larson’s speech below.

Read the full story at HuffPost.

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