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Viola Davis Bashes the Oscars: “It’s a symptom of a much greater disease.”

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Viola Davis speaks out on the Academy Awards boycott: The problem is not with the Oscars'

Viola Davis reveals that she's not going to attend the Oscars. But, the reasoning behind why she's not attending the is a little less complicated than you would expect from the leading actress. “‘Cause I'm gonna be on vacation,” she told ET with a laugh at ELLE's 6th Annual Women in Television Dinner.

The 50-year-old actress did call out the Academy for nominating only white for the second year in a row. “The problem is not with the Oscars,” she explained. “The problem is with the Hollywood movie-making system.”

Viola Davis, is a two-time Oscar nominated actress for her work in the 2009 movie Doubt and the 2012 movie The Help. Davis explained that “the people who are in power who have the yay or nay vote” should be asking to fix the diversity issue.

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“How many black films are being produced every year? How are they being distributed? The films that are being made, are the big-time thinking outside of the box in terms of how to cast the role?” she told ET. “Can you cast a black woman in that role? Can you cast a black man in that role?”

“The problem isn't even our pay,” Davis added. “You could probably line up all the A-List black actresses out there [and] they probably don't make what one A-List white woman makes in one film. That's the problem. You can change the Academy, but if there are no black films being produced, what is there to vote for?”

When she was asked whether or not Chris Rock should drop out of this year's show, Davis said the decision is up to Chris Rock.

“Like I said, the Oscars are not really the issue,” she reiterated. “It's a symptom of a much greater disease. But if he does, I hope he takes it as an opportunity to make a statement, a social statement about change. It's 2016.”

Viola Davis is no stranger to controversy and breaking down racial barrier in Hollywood. The  With   was black actress to win Outstanding Lead Actress in a , at the Emmys.

“In my mind, I see a line,” she quoted Harriet Tubman in her emotional acceptance speech. “Over that line, I see green fields and lovely flowers and beautiful white women with their arms stretched out to me over that line, but I can't seem to get there no how. I can't seem to get over that line.”

“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” Davis concluded. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

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