The "Monster's Ball" star lamented to Variety that she remains the only Black woman to win the Best Actress Academy Award.
The "Look Who's Talking" actor called efforts to improve inclusion among Academy Award nominees a "disgrace to artists everywhere."
Effective 2024, the new rules are meant to encourage equitable representation on screen and off, as the Academy has long weathered criticism for a lack of diversity.
The 30-year-old is the youngest to create the Academy Awards set. That brought him a second Emmy nod and has fueled his drive for inclusivity in entertainment.
The Oscar eligibility requirements already have been changed to allow films without a theatrical release to compete this year.
The Academy is making changes aimed at combating the dearth of diversity in its nominees.
"True story," responded Ava DuVernay after the "Selma" star recounted being accused of "stirring s**t" when cast and crew wore "I Can't Breathe" shirts.
With films sets shut down due to the coronavirus, Hollywood could feel the effects of the coronavirus for months to come.
“The historically tragic COVID-19 pandemic necessitates this temporary exception,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said.
The actor said his late co-star "refused" to participate in an opening monologue that poked fun at the film's gay love story.