"My voice is best used at the table," Kerry Washington said on the Oscars red carpet

By Karen Mizoguchi
Updated February 28, 2016 08:30 PM
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Kerry Washington is thinking about those who chose to boycott this year’s Academy Awards.

The Scandal star, who will be presenting, shared her opinions on the lack of diversity among the 2016 Oscar nominations.

“I respect and admire the people who aren’t here,” Washington, 39, said on the red carpet. “For me, my voice is best used at the table. As a new member of the Academy, I really want to be a part of the conversation so there is institutional change so we never have this again.”

Added the actress, “We need all those voices at the table. It’s about women, people of color, it’s about age.”

For the second year in a row, actors of color were shut out of the nominations.

The Academy has set new rules to make its “membership, its governing bodies and its voting members significantly more diverse.”

Many A-list stars have contributed to the conversation about the lack of diversity including George Clooney, O’Shea Jackson Jr., David Oyelowo, Ava DuVernay, Al Sharpton and Idris Elba.

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Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith are all skipping the Oscars ceremony this year.

Meanwhile, Whoopi Goldberg blasted the idea of boycotting the awards. After offering to boycott, Sylvester Stallone arrived at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday.