Speaking with the French radio station Europe 1 Friday, and translated by BuzzFeed, the 45 Years star said: "One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to be on the final list. Why classify people? We now live in a place where everyone is more or less accepted."
This is the second year in a row the Academy has failed to nominate a person of color for an acting award. But according to Rampling, the problem isn't a lack of diversity within the industry, but with society's tendency to over-classify things. "There are so many problematic things said: 'He's too handsome; him, he's too black; he's too white...' There is always someone to say: 'You are too...'
"But will we say 'we should classify everything in a way that will make sure there are lots of minorities everywhere'?" Rampling asked.
Rampling's words are sadly similar to Stacey Dash's most recent thoughts on the matter, which includes comparing giving a black actor an Oscar to "awarding $1 million to the guy sitting in his pajamas on the couch watching Survivor."
Spike Lee, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are among those who have chosen not to attend this year's ceremony in light of the Academy's lack of inclusion. Despite pressure to resign from the position, Chris Rock will still host the ceremony.