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.
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.”
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump's clueless rhetoric on nukes makes US vulnerable, not safer Hollywood stars make political statements with Oscars fashion Live coverage: Stars get political at Oscars MORE also weighed in on the controvery on Wednesday, calling the reforms "long overdue."
“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.”