Brie Larson wants to make one thing clear: She doesn't hate white dudes.
Speaking at the Women in Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards, where she was honored with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film, the actress made as much clear, even as she called for diversity in film critics.
Clad in a peppy, strapless pink Carolina Herrera gown, Larson used her platform to illustrate that adding more voices to the chorus of criticism would be good for the industry as a whole. The actress referred to a recent USC study, showing that the majority of film critics are white males.
“I don’t hate white dudes,” she said repeatedly. “I’m just saying we need to be conscious of our bias and do our part to make sure that everyone is in the room ... Our industry has gone through a major growth. We are expanding to make films that better reflect the people who buy movie tickets, but they are not allowed enough chances to read public discourse on these films by the people these films are made for. I do not need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work for him about A Wrinkle In Time. It wasn’t made for him!”
Ava DuVernay, who directed A Wrinkle in Time, praised Larson on Twitter, calling her "a warrior." The director retweeted a quote from Larson: "If you make a movie that’s a love letter to women of color, there’s an insanely low chance a woman of color critic will have a chance to review your movie.”
Larson, who won an Oscar in 2016 for her role in Room, has not shied away from activism in the past. Following the allegations of sexual misconduct against Casey Affleck in 2017, the actress notably did not applaud as she presented him with his Best Actor Award at the Oscars that year.
Additionally, after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke just a few months later, Larson made her support for survivors even more known, speaking out on social media and becoming a vocal proponent and member of the Time's Up organization.
Ingrid Schmidt contributed to this report.