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Mark Ruffalo Is Going To The Oscars, But Understands Why Others Won’t

"The entire American system is rife with the kind of white-privilege racism that goes into our justice system."

This is why we love Mark Ruffalo. 

In a sit-down interview with BBC News, the actor, who is nominated for his performance in the celebrated film "Spotlight," candidly discussed whether he plans on attending this year's Academy Awards. 

This year, out of the 20 people nominated in the acting categories, none are people of color, leading to the return of the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag. Ruffalo is one of many in the film industry calling for more diverse and just representation in who we choose to celebrate. 

"It isn’t just the Academy Awards,” Ruffalo explained. “The entire American system is rife with the kind of white-privilege racism that goes into our justice system.”

At the time, the jury was still out, however, if he would attend the show. Both Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith have chosen not to attend, as well as "Chi-Raq" director Spike Lee

“I’m weighing it, yes. That’s where I’m at right now. I woke up in the morning thinking, ‘What is the right way to do this?’” he told "BBC Breakfast." "Because if you look at Martin Luther King’s legacy, what he was saying is the good people who don’t act are much worse than the wrongdoers who are purposely not acting and don’t know the right way.”

Ruffalo later clarified on Twitter that he will, in fact, go to the ceremony to support "victims of clergy Sexual Abuse and good journalism."

Maybe the "Spotlight" team's new case should be why the Academy keeps on ignoring performers of color.

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