Banderas is up for best actor for his role in "Pain and Glory," which was directed by long-time friend Pedro Almodóvar. The Spanish actor says he welcomes the calls for more diversity in Hollywood and in the film academy.
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"I have seen this community fighting very, very hard," Banderas said. "Struggling to get their kids in university to become better, to become a part of the American society. That has to happen, be reflected in Hollywood."
Rodrigo Prieto, a Mexican cinematographer nominated for "The Irishman," said his awareness of biases in Hollywood has heightened with time.
"When I moved here and I started working in the film business here in America, myself, I never felt any sort of prejudice," he said. "But I did eventually start noticing the crews did lack diversity. I do think there is change happening. It does have to be a conscious thing we all do because the pool of talent is not that diverse yet, but it's definitely happening."