Three-time Oscar winner Steven Spielberg is a “huge supporter of the Academy awards,” but can’t stand behind the Academy’s response to its #OscarsSoWhite controversy. During an episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, Spielberg explained.
The director—who is nominated this year for Bridge of Spies—was surprised that Straight Outta Compton wasn’t nominated for best picture, and that Beasts of No Nation’s Idris Elba was snubbed for best supporting actor.
“I’ve seen Straight Outta Compton—my wife and I saw it when it first opened, the first weekend, and it just rocked our world. It was incredible. I was very surprised to see that omission,” Spielberg added.