Oscar Voter Says Selma Was Snubbed Because It Wasn’t Art
Ho. Sit. Down!
Amid all the controversy surrounding the poor showing of civil rights-era biopic “Selma,” which got just two Oscar nominations, one Academy Award voter provided some brand-new drama to the racially charged debate.
In a year in which not a single actor of color notched an acting nomination, the anonymous female Academy member deviated from any politically correct script while revealing her votes to the Hollywood Reporter.
“What no one wants to say out loud is that Selma is a well-crafted movie, but there’s no art to it,” the woman, one of the Academy’s 378-member public relations branch, told the industry trade publication.
“If the movie had been directed by a 60-year-old white male (instead of African-American woman Ava DuVernay), I don’t think that people would have been carrying on about it to the level that they were.”
Conceding that most in the body of voters were older white males, reflecting the makeup of the movie industry, the voter said the demographics didn’t have an effect on the Oscars.
“When a movie about black people is good, members vote for it,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.
“But if the movie isn’t that good, am I supposed to vote for it just because it has black people in it?”
While you finish chewing and swallowing your pen, peep what else this cowardly voter had to say
Certainly, race became a factor once the cast and crew of “Selma” weighed in publicly on the controversy over the NYPD’s handling of the arrest of Eric Garner — an illegal chokehold a medical examiner said led to the Staten Islander’s fatal heart-attack.
“I’ve got to tell you, having the cast show up in T-shirts saying ‘I can’t breathe’ (at their New York premiere) — I thought that stuff was offensive.”
“No art to it”?!?! Did she watch ‘Selma’ or ‘Thelma And Lousise”??? SMH.
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