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Academy luncheon is time for reflection in high stakes year

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Actress Brie Larson attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards nominee luncheon on February 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (AFP Photo)

Prior to the luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., various nominees stopped to speak to a room of reporters about everything from finance reform to fashion. But Stallone wasn't the only one thinking about the question of diversity, both at the Oscars and in the industry at large.

For his part, Stallone said that he believes things will change and it's just a matter of time. "Spotlight" director Tom McCarthy complimented Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for doing "an amazing job of navigating change."

McCarthy said he has faith in the film community's ability to push the needle for change. "Mad Max: Fury Road" director George Miller said that from his standpoint, casting is story-driven and commented how television has been ahead of the game in diverse casting.

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