Charlotte Rampling, star of 45 Years, the Andrew Haigh-directed film about a couple whose plans for a 45th anniversary party are interrupted by startling news of the recovery of the body of Rampling’s character’s husband’s ex-girlfriend. Her perspective on several things immediately changes, and though the woman has been dead for half-a-century, her post-mortal presence provides a world of internal conflicts for both Rampling’s character–Kate Mercer–and her husband, Tom Courtenay.

Rampling’s performance in the film has been acclaimed far and wide, but her recent comments on Europe 1 may prove to be distracting. According to rampling, the growing calls for diversity among the Academy Award nominees are “racist towards white people.” “One can never really know, but perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list,” added Rampling, as she addressed Spike Lee‘s lengthy Instagram post, which highlighted the lack of persons of color in the Oscar nominations.

Rampling herself has been nominated for her first-ever Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Kate in 45 Years. The Academy Awards airs Sunday, February 28.