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Academy Award-Nominee Mark Ruffalo May Skip Oscars Ceremony

LOS ANGELES, CA (AP) — Best supporting actor nominee Mark Ruffalo says he's considering skipping the Academy Awards ceremony. Ruffalo, nominated for his performance in the newspaper drama "Spotlight," said Thursday that he's mulling joining the Oscars boycott.

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

One of the acting nominees joining the boycott would add a new chapter in the backlash that has roiled the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Following the announcements by filmmaker Spike Lee and Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs has pledged "dramatic changes" to diversity in the academy's membership.


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