Mark Ruffalo is going to the Oscars.
The star of “Spotlight’’—and Best Supporting Actor nominee—confirmed in a series of tweets that he’ll be attending, after “weighing’’ the option of boycotting the show.
Ruffalo considered boycotting the 88th Academy Awards over a lack of diversity in nominated actors. Had he opted out of attending, he would have joined the ranks of Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee.
Ruffalo clarified his stance in a series of tweets.
To clear up any confusion. I will be going to the Oscars in support of the victims of clergy Sexual Abuse and good journalism. #Spotlight— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 21, 2016
The Oscar Ban movement reflects a larger discussion about racism in the criminal justice system.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 21, 2016
Correction. I hope the Oscar Ban movement opens the way for my peers to open their hearts to the #BlackLivesMatter movement as well.— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 21, 2016
Speculation that Ruffalo would boycott the Oscars began after a recent interview with BBC’s Charlie Stayt.
“It isn’t just the Academy Awards,’’ Ruffalo said. “The entire American system is rife with the kind of white privilege racism that goes into our justice system. I woke up in the morning thinking, ‘What is the right way to do this?’ Because if you look at Martin Luther King’s legacy, what he was saying was that the good people who don’t act are much worse than the wrongdoers who are purposefully not acting and don’t know the right way.’’
The proposed boycott has gained momentum and media attention in the few weeks since the Oscar nominations were announced—nominations that didn’t include a single actor of color. Ruffalo is nominated for his role as Michael Rezendes, one of the real-life Boston Globe journalists who reported on the decades-long cover-up of pedophile priests.