Jamie Foxx has brushed off the Oscars race row by labeling Leonardo DiCaprio an ‘honorary black dude’.
The actor – himself a former Oscar winner – has opened up about his thoughts on Leo winning the Best Actor gong at the Academy Awards on Sunday.
Talking to TMZ, Jamie said that he didn’t look at it as a white man taking the prize because he doesn’t see Leo in that way.
He explained: “He [Leo] is my man. I always joke with him, telling him, ‘you’re an honorary black man’.
Jamie added: “Titanic – he drowned. Black dudes don’t swim in the ocean, you know?”
Jamie was then asked if he’d have a problem with Leo one day playing a black man, and admitted that he wouldn’t see an issue.
He answered: “You know, if Leo did then you’d have to let him do that.”
Jamie’s relationship with Leo goes back years, with them both starring alongside each other in the critically acclaimed Django Unchained in 2012.
The film was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 2013 but lost out to Argo.
Jamie was also asked on his thoughts about Chris Rock, who delivered a controversial opening monologue at the ceremony on Sunday.
The actor said he thought the host ‘nailed it’ – despite the fact he was met with a painfully awkward reaction from the audience .
It seems that several stars just didn’t know how to react as Chris touched upon sensitive subjects such as civil rights and lynching.
At one point the comedian said: “Now the thing is, why are we protesting? That’s the big question, why this Oscars?
“It’s the 88th Academy Awards, which means this whole ‘no black nominees’ thing has happened at least 71 other times.
“You got to figure that it happened in the 50s, in the 60s, you know in the 60s one of those years Sidney didn’t put out a movie.
“I’m sure there were no black nominees one of those years and black people did not protest.
“Why? Because we had real things to protest at the time. Too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won Best Cinematographer.
“When your grandmother is swinging from the tree, it’s really hard to care about Best Documentary Foreign Short.”
SOURCE: Mirror Online – Edward Roberts