Big changes to the Oscars after diversity row

"Charlotte Rampling has attempted to clarify the comments she made earlier this week, when she referred to the Oscars" boycott as being "racist to white people".

"Maybe this time, no black actor or actress deserved to make it to the final selection", she said during an interview on French radio station Europe 1.

On Friday, the Academy's president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African-American to assume the organization's top post in the summer of 2013, lauded the move as it proved the body is ready "to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up".

She went on to say: "These days everyone is more or less accepted".

"I regret that my comments could have been misinterpreted this week in my interview with Europe 1 Radio".

Rampling is nominated for Best Actress at this year's Oscars for her performance in British drama film 45 Years.

After her comments received heavy backlash, including from Chelsea Clinton, Charlotte released a statement claiming her words were misinterpreted.

After the Oscar nominations were announced, with no ethnic minority actors or actresses on the list, he tweeted: "Yo, Chris".

Rampling, who has starred in both English and French films, is nominated for a best-actress Academy Award for Andrew Haigh's portrait of a marriage, "45 Years".

Caine, who won two best supporting actor Oscar awards advised colored artists to be patient.

Also weighing in was Oscar-winning producer Gerald Molen who complained that those urging a boycott are "spoiled brats", according to US Weekly. Come check me out at #TheOscars this year. "Using such an ugly way of complaining".

Following the row, the ceremony's organisers - the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - has pledged to double its membership of women and minorities by 2020.

But it hasn't gotten to Hollywood studios that, arguably, could be producing more movies with minority actors, directors and screenwriters giving them more opportunities to win awards.

Stars including Jada and her husband Will Smith, Mark Ruffalo and Brie Larson have all spoken publicly about their disappointment that no black actors or actresses featured in the nominations for the 2016 awards.

The measures will remove voting privileges from older Academy members and aggressively recruit new voting members "who represent greater diversity".

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