Just last year, she and her husband boycotted the awards, prompting the #OscarsSoWhite protest.
Hollywood actress Jada Pinkett-Smith has reacted in positive light to the 2017 Academy Awards nominations which includes six black actors, such as Denzel Washington and Viola Davies.
Smith’s latest opinion on the coveted prize follows her stance against the award with her husband, Will Smith, last year which prompted the #OscarsSoWhite protest.
Now in an interview, the 45-year-old expressed her excitement at the make up of this year’s nominations.
‘I feel really fantastic. It’s a beautiful thing to see,’ Smith said.
She added, ‘We had a lot of exceptional films this year. I’m glad to see that projects like ‘Hidden Figures’, ‘Fences’, and ‘Moonlight’ are getting recognition. I’m very proud this morning.’
On the significance of awards and diversity, the actress and producer said, ‘Because of the state that our country is in, as artists it’s so important we use our platform to help shine light on how we want to be identified as a country.’
‘I look at this as a beautiful step towards that. Just our participation as artists in this time of how we want to represent our country, what is the messaging we want the world to see. As artists we have strong voices. We create strong imagery in regards to the identity of our country. It’s important that we take responsibility for that.’
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