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  • July 4, 2021

“I was shocked that it was a person of color that was the first person of colour to be cast,” said David Berenson, executive director of the Los Angeles-based Asian American Film Festival, which has hosted the Oscars since 1978.

“It is important that the film industry has to do more to be inclusive.”

The Academy has acknowledged that “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has a significant racial component to its depiction of Asian American lives.

In a statement released Tuesday, the Academy said it is “committed to supporting the diverse communities that make up the Academy.”

The film will be screened in more than 80 countries on Feb. 28, 2017.

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