On Thursday, the actress shared her thoughts on the nominations in a thoughtful Facebook post.
“I really appreciated this article in Time on the lack of racial and gender diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations,” Witherspoon, 39, said. “So disappointed that some of 2015’s best films, filmmakers and performances were not recognized.
“Nothing can diminish the quality of their work, but these filmmakers deserve recognition. As an Academy member, I would love to see a more diverse voting membership.”
Days after the Oscars became a hot topic, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs released an official statement regarding the lack of diversity in this year’s nominations.
“I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year’s nominees. While we celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion,” she wrote. “This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes. The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership.”
While the Wild star did not reveal whether or not she’ll be joining Jada Pinkett Smith‘s boycott, she’s been a vocal advocate for diversity in Hollywood, even opening her own production company, Pacific Standard, to provide more leading roles to women.
“I think it was literally one studio that had a project for a female lead over 30,” the actress told Variety about the inspiration for her company. “And I thought to myself, ‘I’ve got to get busy.’ My daughter was 13, and I wanted her to see movies with female leads and heroes and life stories.”