Renowned film-maker, Cyrus Nowrasteh says that inclusion of more black artists in 89th Oscars was harmful to the black people as it would raise a question over their talent and hard work.
Cyrus Nowrasteh, who has helmed movies and documentaries like The Path to 9/11, The Day Reagan Was Shot, also stated it seemed like a deliberate push for more Black nominations for Oscars due to last year's #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
"It's a real shame, too," Cyrus Nowrasteh said. "Because you say to yourself, 'Is actress Viola Davis going to win tonight because of her performance in 'Fences' or is she going to win tonight because a bunch of people got upset last year?'" Said the film-maker.
"She's such an incredible actress and her performance is fantastic in that movie. The very idea you'd have to think that is unfortunate." The film-maker continued.
John Ziegler who was also present acknowledged Cyrus Nowrasteh 's statement and added, "It pisses me off that people - for their own liberal agenda - make this an issue and they destroy the accomplishment for the foreseeable future."
"Because now you are forced to wonder, 'OK. Was Denzel Washington really that good? Or was it just because they needed a black guy that people knew to nominate to make sure that the controversy from last year was extinguished.'" Ziegler added further.