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Charlotte Rampling: Oscar comments were misinterpreted

Charlotte Rampling: Oscar comments were misinterpreted

Charlotte Rampling regrets she was "misinterpreted" when she said it would be racist to white people to boycott the Academy Awards.

The actress has been nominated in the Best Actor category for her role in the critically acclaimed film '45 Years', and when she was asked for her opinion on the recent furor - which has seen the likes of Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee snub the ceremony because of the lack of diversity in the nominations list - she said it would be "racist to whites" for those people not to attend.

Charlottle, 69, gave the interview on Friday (22.01.16) in French to Europe 1 Radio and was also quoted as saying: "You can never know if it's truly the case, but maybe black actors did not deserve to make the final stretch."

She added that a quota system to ensure diversity in the future was not neccessary.

Stars including Jada and her husband Will Smith, Mark Ruffalo and Brie Larson have all spoken publicly about their disappointment that no black actors or actresses featured in the nominations for the 2016 awards.

And now the veteran star has been forced to clarify her comments regarding racism at the Oscars.

In an interview on CBS News show, she explained: "I regret that my comments could have been misinterpreted this week in my interview with Europe 1 Radio. I simply meant to say that in an ideal world every performance will be given equal opportunities for consideration. I am very honored to be included in this year's wonderful group of nominated actors and actresses."