"If anybody's planning on boycotting the Oscars, don't, because Chris Rock is gonna annihilate every one of us [leaders of Hollywood studios/distribution companies] in the first 20 minutes of the show, and it will be well worth watching. It will be an Oscars to remember."
- He understands the frustration of people calling for boycott and feels they have made a difference, but he doesn't support the actual boycott. "It's that voice, actually, that gets people motivated"
- The issue has been bugging him for years also because his films about ethnic diversity never got anything, so he decided to release The Butler, Mandela and Fruitvale Station in the same year to see what happens. Out of the three movies, it got one nomination - for U2 (for 'Ordinary Love').
- Doesn't like the current solution for the problem, says the Academy's president has her heart in the right place, but he opposes revoking voting privileges from "inactive" members — "people who've worked so hard all their lives and prize that Academy card and have reached that zenith and then go on to retirement"
- The fault on the lack of diversity is on studios and distributors more than Academy members, that is up to people like him, producers, to help solve the issue and Academy members should not be penalized.
- Hopes his buddy Leo will win best actor
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