‘Spotlight’ actor Mark Ruffalo will attend Oscars

Globe reporter Mike Rezendes (left) and Mark Ruffalo at the London premiere of “Spotlight.”
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Globe reporter Mike Rezendes (left) and Mark Ruffalo at the London premiere of “Spotlight.”

Mark Ruffalo will attend the Oscars next month, despite some confusion after an interview in London. Speaking to reporters at the London premiere of “Spotlight,” Ruffalo said he was considering skipping the Academy Awards to protest the absence of nonwhite acting Oscar nominees. Ruffalo, who’s a best supporting actor nominee for his role in director Tom McCarthy’s movie about The Boston Globe’s series exposing the priest abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, told the BBC that he’s upset by the lack of diversity. “I’m weighing it. That’s where I’m at right now,” Ruffalo said when asked if he might boycott the ceremony. “I woke up in the morning thinking, what is the right way to do this? Because if you look at Martin Luther King’s legacy, what he was saying was, the people, the good people, who don’t act are much worse than the people, the wrongdoers, who are purposely not acting and don’t know the right way.” But Thursday afternoon, the actor tweeted that he will attend the ceremony “in support of the victims of clergy Sexual Abuse and good journalism. #Spotlight.” He added: “I do support the Oscar Ban movement’s position that the nominations do not reflect the diversity of our community. The Oscar Ban movement reflects a larger discussion about racism in the criminal justice system.”