"I am disappointed by the lack on inclusion in this year's Academy Award nominations," Nyong'o wrote on Instagram. "It has me thinking about unconscious prejudice and what merits prestige in our culture. The Awards should not dictate the terms of art in our modern society, but rather be a diverse reflection of the best of what our art has to offer today. I stand with my peers who are calling for change in expanding the stories that are told and the recognition of the people who tell them."
The post by Nyong'o, who won Best Supporting Actress in 2014 for her performance in 12 Years a Slave, follows Spike Lee's and Jada Pinkett Smith's criticisms of the Oscars. While Nyong'o's statement mentions nothing about boycotting the ceremony, she does include a quote by James Baldwin that reads: "Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced."