Sir Ian McKellen has given his two cents on the lack of diversity at the Oscars, questioning why no acting gongs have gone to openly gay actors.
A range of Hollywood actors are currently threatening to boycott the Awards over the fact no black actors got noms this year for acting roles.
Now Sir Ian has reminded The Guardian that Sean Penn, Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman have scooped Best Actor Oscars for playing gay men.
“How clever, how clever. What about giving me one for playing a straight man?” he asked.
“No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar; I wonder if that is prejudice or chance.”
And while Sir Ian has been nominated twice, he told The Guardian: “My speech has been in two jackets … ‘I’m proud to be the first openly gay man to win the Oscar.’ I’ve had to put it back in my pocket twice.”
He said of the Oscars voting system, “If you are trying to have a career, as a black or Hispanic actor in a state – California – where white people are now the minority, and you are being judged by an Academy where the vast majority are white, male, middle-aged and old … well, perhaps that is the wrong yardstick.