“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.”
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