Charlotte Rampling claims ‘anti-white racism’ comments were misinterpreted

'45 Years' star is nominated for Best Actress at 2016 Academy Awards

Charlotte Rampling has clarified remarks she made about the issue of diversity at this year’s Oscars.

Rampling, who is nominated for an academy award for her role in 45 Years, was quoted as saying that a call for more African-American nominees was a form of “anti-white racism” in a French interview.

Since then Rampling has done another interview and moved to establish that these quotes were misinterpreted and that what she actually meant to say was that all actors of every race she be treated equally.

“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,” she told CBS Sunday Morning. ” I am very honored to be included in this year’s wonderful group of nominated actors and actresses.”

For the second consecutive year, all 20 acting nominees at the Oscars are white, which has prompted criticism from actors including George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon and Will Smith, who has announced he will be boycotting the awards ceremony next month (February).

The original quotes credited to Rampling in the French radio interview, (translated from French) saw her push against this movement, saying: “It is racist to whites. One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list.”​

Rampling is nominated for Best Actress at this year’s Oscars for her performance in British drama film 45 Years. She will compete against Saoirse Ronan, Jennifer Lawrence, Cate Blanchett and Brie Larson for the film industry’s top honour next month.