The 88th annual Academy Awards red carpet was oddly silent on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, but at least a couple of attendees took time to weigh in on the industry’s glaring issues with representation and diversity. (Mark Ruffalo, for instance.)
Kerry Washington voiced her support for those boycotting the ceremony over its overwhelmingly white nominees, including Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee. But the Scandal star told Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts that “a lot of voices are needed at the table” and that “I felt like my voice… is best used at the table.”
“As a member of the Academy, I want to make sure there’s institutional change so that we never have a year like this again,” she said.
Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr., echoed Washington’s sentiments.
“If you want to change something, change it from the inside,” the actor told Variety.