Obama addresses Oscar controversy

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President Obama on Wednesday said movies will be better if they represent everyone's stories, for the first time weighing in on the lack of black nominees at the Oscars.

"I think that California is an example of the incredible diversity of this country," Obama said during a series of interviews with local news stations. "That's a strength. I think that when everyone's story is told then that makes for better art.

"It makes for better entertainment it makes everybody feel part of one American family, so I think as a whole the industry should do what every other industry should do which is to look for talent, provide opportunity to everybody. And I think the Oscar debate is really just an expression of this broader issue. Are we making sure that everybody is getting a fair shot?"

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has drawn heavy criticism due to the all-white cast of nominees for the acting categories in this year's Oscars. All 20 acting nominees are white men and women.

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs has vowed to address the issue, saying in a statement that the organization will be “taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership.”

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“Just think of the great films that really display not just the diversity of America, but the diversity of the human experience,” Clinton said, “and therefore the Academy has to catch up with our reality.”