Octavia Spencer thinks this year’s Oscar nominations diversity is “wonderful.”

The actress, who stars in ‘Hidden Figures’, is one of six black performers shortlisted for acting honours at the upcoming Academy Awards.

The actress doesn’t believe that people will vote based on race though but does believe it is a step in the right direction following last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy.

She said: “I don’t see Oscar voters going: ‘Oh, here’s a black performance. I’m going to vote here for this black person. Oh, wait. Here’s Dev Patel. He’s Indian. I need to vote.’ That’s not how people think in there.

“But the wonderful thing is, there are a lot of movies to choose from, whereas last year there were only a couple of black performances, and there were no Latina performances. There were no Asian performances.

“You know what I mean? That’s what I want to see.”

The 46-year-old actress has previously won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2012 for her role in ‘The Help.’

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