Brie Larson wants to see a lot more diversity among film critics.
The Oscar-winning actress spoke at the Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards on Wednesday night in Los Angeles where she was accepting the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film, The Associated Press reports.
Larson used the opportunity to draw attention to underrepresented groups in film criticism, pointing to a USC study that found 80 per cent of critics are male and mostly white, with women of colour only amounting to 2.5 per cent of top critics.
“Am I saying that I hate white dudes? No, I am not,” the 28-year-old said. “But if you make a movie that is a love letter to women of colour there is an insanely low chance that a woman of colour would get to see that movie… I don’t need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work about ‘A Wrinkle in Time’.”
Along with calling on studios to invite more diverse critics to junkets and screenings, Larson announced that both Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival had committed to allocating at least 20 per cent of press accreditations to underrepresented critics and journalists.