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L.A. Mayor on Oscar Diversity: ‘I Agree With the Criticism’

19 January 2016 12:40 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti called the controversy swirling around the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees a “wake up” call, but he said that he was not as worried about a boycott of the ceremony, which is an economic boost to the region.

“The Academy must keep up with the times or else they will continue to have these conflicts,” said Garcetti, appearing at a press conference on Tuesday at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument, where Ben Affleck’s “Live By Night” is shooting. He and other city and industry officials were talking about increased 2015 production numbers as proof that a number of initiatives are working to boost film and TV jobs in the region.

“I agree with the criticism” of the lack of diversity, Garcetti said. “I think Los Angeles reflects the way that the country will be, and it is a reflection »

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