Academy and Emmy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr has seen a lot during his five-decade career which includes such accomplishments as being the first African American male to win an Oscar in a supporting role, the second Black male to win for acting, and the third African American actor to win as Oscar overall. To say he knows a little something about race in Hollywood would be putting it mildly, which is why when we had a chance to speak with him during press runs for the BET miniseries, “The Book of Negroes,” we had to ask him his thoughts on Anthony Mackie’s reaction to the “Selma” Oscar snub and his assumption that people are tired of talking about race.
Gossett, Jr assured us this discussion is nothing new, noting people had the same reaction when “Roots” first debuted, and then in no uncertain terms, the 78-year-old activist reminded us that “they” (those people who are tired of talking about race) are “not in charge.”
“We cannot rely our happiness or our success on outside issues, including the Oscars, the Emmys, or the Golden Globes… Lesson: even if we get rejected by the Oscars, we’re not rejected by the world. Maybe we have something valuable to add to mankind, bigger and better, and more valuable than the Oscar.”
Check out Louis Gossett, Jr’s full response to Anthony Mackie’s comments in the video above. What do you think?