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Spike Lee has some choice words on this year's Oscar snubs

01.16.2015

A lot has been made of this year's nominations for the Academy Awards with several citing an out of touch voting panel and a near whitewashing of the acting and directing categories. Specifically, the lack of nominations for David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay seemes to have pissed a lot of people off. So, naturally, we are going to hear about it from everybody from critics to those in the industry.

The very outspoken Spike Lee has taken to comment on the snubs for SELMA in the most colorful way possible in an interview with The Daily Beast.

“Join the club!” Lee chuckled, before getting serious. “But that doesn’t diminish the film. Nobody’s talking about motherfuckin’ Driving Miss Daisy. That film is not being taught in film schools all across the world like Do the Right Thing is. Nobody’s discussing Driving Miss Motherfuckin’ Daisy. So if I saw Ava today I’d say, ‘You know what? Fuck ’em. You made a very good film, so feel good about that and start working on the next one.”

Lee cited SELMA and BIRDMAN as the two best films of the year, in his opinion. He also cautioned that last year's wins for 12 YEARS A SLAVE did not represent a change in Academy thinking.

“Anyone who thinks this year was gonna be like last year is retarded,” said Lee. “There were a lot of black folks up there with 12 Years a Slave, Steve [McQueen], Lupita [Nyong’o], Pharrell. It’s in cycles of every 10 years. Once every 10 years or so I get calls from journalists about how people are finally accepting black films. Before last year, it was the year [in 2002] with Halle Berry, Denzel [Washington], and Sidney Poitier. It’s a 10-year cycle. So I don’t start doing backflips when it happens.”

The majority of the Oscar voters are over 63 and are comprised of 90% Caucasians, so it is tough to say that they are in touch with modern films. Lee also was upset about the snubbing of the Roger Ebert documentary LIFE ITSELF. Some may discount Lee's words and lump it in with his past comments about racial issues in Hollywood, but even the snubbing of movies like GONE GIRL, NIGHTCRAWLER, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR and THE LEGO MOVIE has had people up in arms.

I doubt the Academy is going to change until the voters are populated by a much different group, but for now it is what it is. If you are tracking what films have been winning all the trophies so far, you can probably tell which way the Academy voted. But, we will have to wait until February 22nd to find out.

Source: The Daily Beast

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3:34PM on 01/19/2015
I think what he had to say was pretty on point. The Academy Awards are the top tier award in the industry, people's success in Hollywood can be determined by their ability to win or be nominated for this award (except Cuba Gooding Jr.). Yet the awards are being determined by a bunch of 65+ year old white people? Doesn't seem like they're that in touch with what's going on.

Granted not every movie can be nominated for every award. But there are certain movies that just blatantly deserve
I think what he had to say was pretty on point. The Academy Awards are the top tier award in the industry, people's success in Hollywood can be determined by their ability to win or be nominated for this award (except Cuba Gooding Jr.). Yet the awards are being determined by a bunch of 65+ year old white people? Doesn't seem like they're that in touch with what's going on.

Granted not every movie can be nominated for every award. But there are certain movies that just blatantly deserve to be nominated (i.e. Selma and Lego Movie). The snub for Selma I chalk up to it's later release, a movie like that would have benefited from a mid-November to early December release so as to allow more people to see it before voting commences. It was released in mid to late December so less time for the word of mouth to get around. But that doesn't excuse the academy for snubbing the film. Given how great the reviews are for the film, they have a responsibility to go see it.
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8:01AM on 01/19/2015

Spike Lee has something to say about the Oscars?

And everyone continues to not care. I love how he STILL is bitching about Driving Miss Daisy and claiming that Do the Right Thing is 'taught' around the world. He's been spouting this bull shit for years now hoping someone will care and throw him a bone. Get over yourself Spike.
And everyone continues to not care. I love how he STILL is bitching about Driving Miss Daisy and claiming that Do the Right Thing is 'taught' around the world. He's been spouting this bull shit for years now hoping someone will care and throw him a bone. Get over yourself Spike.
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5:31PM on 01/19/2015
Hemorrhoids are taught at all the best medical schools, but they don't win many awards either. The only difference is that I'd rather have hemorrhoids than sit through a Spike Lee movie.
Hemorrhoids are taught at all the best medical schools, but they don't win many awards either. The only difference is that I'd rather have hemorrhoids than sit through a Spike Lee movie.
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7:40PM on 01/18/2015

Personally, I think that Selma did get snubbed, but I don't think it had anything to do with it's racial content

Every year people get snubbed. It's just part of the business and while I think it's perfectly possible a person could have the odds stacked against them because of their race, I think it's a lot less common than it used to be. I also think it's downright inaccurate for Lee to make that claim about a 10 year cycle. I mean, what about the 2007 Oscars? That year Forest Whitaker, Will Smith, Djimon Honsou, Jennifer Hudson, Penelope Cruz, Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kiikuchi were all nominated in the
Every year people get snubbed. It's just part of the business and while I think it's perfectly possible a person could have the odds stacked against them because of their race, I think it's a lot less common than it used to be. I also think it's downright inaccurate for Lee to make that claim about a 10 year cycle. I mean, what about the 2007 Oscars? That year Forest Whitaker, Will Smith, Djimon Honsou, Jennifer Hudson, Penelope Cruz, Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kiikuchi were all nominated in the acting categories and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was nominated for Best Director. I think that even if the Academy is overwhelmingly white a lot of them are making a conscious effort t nominate minorities and this year's list of nominees. When you look at the past decade this year's list of nominees really seems to be the exception rather than the rule in terms of how white it is.
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12:06PM on 01/18/2015

Retarded?

As I get older,I have less respect for any adult that uses the words retarded or gay in a derogatory way. I am not offended by anything, but if you're a grown man, your vocabulary ought to be more accelerated than that of a preteen.
As I get older,I have less respect for any adult that uses the words retarded or gay in a derogatory way. I am not offended by anything, but if you're a grown man, your vocabulary ought to be more accelerated than that of a preteen.
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11:02AM on 01/18/2015

One could argue..

That nominating a film beside solely on race, as seems to be the case with Selma, is just as racist as NOT nominating a film based on race. If a film is mediocre at best, it should not be nominated just to appease a very vocal segment of the population who finds racial tension behind every door.
That nominating a film beside solely on race, as seems to be the case with Selma, is just as racist as NOT nominating a film based on race. If a film is mediocre at best, it should not be nominated just to appease a very vocal segment of the population who finds racial tension behind every door.
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10:53AM on 01/18/2015

Please

I had some choice words for his unnecessary remake of Oldboy, which stunk. Most of Lee's films stink. Miracle at St. Anna? Crap. Yes, Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Inside Man... fine. Anyways, here's a shocking thought for the Oscars: how about we not reward based strictly on current hot button political issues and reward based on best film? Selma was great. But Birdman was better. The REAL snub was Jake Gyllenhaal for not getting Nightcrawler.
I had some choice words for his unnecessary remake of Oldboy, which stunk. Most of Lee's films stink. Miracle at St. Anna? Crap. Yes, Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Inside Man... fine. Anyways, here's a shocking thought for the Oscars: how about we not reward based strictly on current hot button political issues and reward based on best film? Selma was great. But Birdman was better. The REAL snub was Jake Gyllenhaal for not getting Nightcrawler.
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11:14AM on 01/18/2015
Do you know if The Imitation Game was better than Selma? I didn't think it deserved to be nominated for Best Director (with the exception of Argo, Best Director usually signifies what the top five Best Picture nominees are). Not disputing you on the comparison to Birdman, or Nightcrawler's snub. Because there are five nominees for most categories.
Do you know if The Imitation Game was better than Selma? I didn't think it deserved to be nominated for Best Director (with the exception of Argo, Best Director usually signifies what the top five Best Picture nominees are). Not disputing you on the comparison to Birdman, or Nightcrawler's snub. Because there are five nominees for most categories.
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9:02PM on 01/17/2015
There we go again with the media perpetuating race relations. I didn't see Selma, but loved all the big picture nods and thought 12 years warranted last years win. But people can't leave it at that. And why is there no outcry for Asian Americans , who make up a large part of this country? They are rarely represented in popular media, and often stereotyped when they are.
There we go again with the media perpetuating race relations. I didn't see Selma, but loved all the big picture nods and thought 12 years warranted last years win. But people can't leave it at that. And why is there no outcry for Asian Americans , who make up a large part of this country? They are rarely represented in popular media, and often stereotyped when they are.
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6:55PM on 01/17/2015

Three words that disqualify anything that comes out dat der Shelton's (his real name) flap yap.....

"Old Boy" remake.
"Old Boy" remake.
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6:59PM on 01/17/2015
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5:46PM on 01/17/2015
This shit with the oscar nominees is annoying. This year was a stacked year and some great performances got left out... are you saying Bradley Cooper or Michael Keaton or any if the other nominees dont deserve nominations simply because they are white?? Fuck that
This shit with the oscar nominees is annoying. This year was a stacked year and some great performances got left out... are you saying Bradley Cooper or Michael Keaton or any if the other nominees dont deserve nominations simply because they are white?? Fuck that
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5:48PM on 01/17/2015
Double post... apologies
Double post... apologies
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4:54PM on 01/17/2015
This shit with the oscar nominees is annoying. This year was a stacked year and some great performances got left out... are you saying Bradley Cooper or Michael Keaton or any if the other nominees dont deserve nominations simply because they are white?? Fuck that
This shit with the oscar nominees is annoying. This year was a stacked year and some great performances got left out... are you saying Bradley Cooper or Michael Keaton or any if the other nominees dont deserve nominations simply because they are white?? Fuck that
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11:04AM on 01/18/2015
That is exactly what the race baiters are saying. And you are right, it is crap.
That is exactly what the race baiters are saying. And you are right, it is crap.
12:07PM on 01/17/2015
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11:06AM on 01/17/2015
“Join the club!”

So you are saying that you should be an Academy Award winner, Spike? Or a nominee? Real humble there, you racist fuck.
“Join the club!”

So you are saying that you should be an Academy Award winner, Spike? Or a nominee? Real humble there, you racist fuck.
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10:19AM on 01/17/2015
Spike Lee's attitude: everything is racist, but ableism is fine and who cares (his use of the world "retarded"). Hypocrite.

I don't even disagree that the Academy has a history of whitewashing--hell no! The Academy is way out of touch. But the way Mr. Lee presents himself makes my blood boil. He has an opportunity to really be a voice, and tear through the insane institutionalized racism of Hollywood and the Academy--yet instead he acts like a jerk and makes shitty movies. Ugh.
Spike Lee's attitude: everything is racist, but ableism is fine and who cares (his use of the world "retarded"). Hypocrite.

I don't even disagree that the Academy has a history of whitewashing--hell no! The Academy is way out of touch. But the way Mr. Lee presents himself makes my blood boil. He has an opportunity to really be a voice, and tear through the insane institutionalized racism of Hollywood and the Academy--yet instead he acts like a jerk and makes shitty movies. Ugh.
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10:14AM on 01/17/2015
Here's a thought... Why not have the Oscar's for Caucasians, and the Omar's for African Americans? It's a win win!
Here's a thought... Why not have the Oscar's for Caucasians, and the Omar's for African Americans? It's a win win!
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6:07AM on 01/17/2015

just because it is about black oppression....

.... doesn't mean it's a good movie. Same thing with Nazis: the Holocaust is a bad excuse for being taken seriously. Be a good movie before caring about the importance of the topic. I hate the idea that because of the topic something should automatically be considered Oscar worthy.
.... doesn't mean it's a good movie. Same thing with Nazis: the Holocaust is a bad excuse for being taken seriously. Be a good movie before caring about the importance of the topic. I hate the idea that because of the topic something should automatically be considered Oscar worthy.
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4:10AM on 01/17/2015
I don't think anything Spike Lee said here was particularly outspoken or unreasonable, certainly for him.
I don't think anything Spike Lee said here was particularly outspoken or unreasonable, certainly for him.
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3:41AM on 01/17/2015

I don't think Selma was snubbed...

If that makes me a racist, whatever. It just wasn't a very good movie.
If that makes me a racist, whatever. It just wasn't a very good movie.
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11:46PM on 01/16/2015
I don't want this to come across as racist, but why do there NEED to be black films and actors nominated? White actors, black actors, whatever race actors and films get snubbed all the time. Why does it need to be a race thing?
I don't want the academy saying "well we've nominated 5 white actors, so we must add an African American to keep everyone happy". That's not the way it should work.
I don't want this to come across as racist, but why do there NEED to be black films and actors nominated? White actors, black actors, whatever race actors and films get snubbed all the time. Why does it need to be a race thing?
I don't want the academy saying "well we've nominated 5 white actors, so we must add an African American to keep everyone happy". That's not the way it should work.
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11:48PM on 01/16/2015
Exactly.
Exactly.
7:00AM on 01/17/2015
"I don't want the academy saying "well we've nominated 5 white actors, so we must add an African American to keep everyone happy""

Besides, any such "African-American" quota would still rule out the likes of David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o and Steve McQueen from being nominated.
"I don't want the academy saying "well we've nominated 5 white actors, so we must add an African American to keep everyone happy""

Besides, any such "African-American" quota would still rule out the likes of David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o and Steve McQueen from being nominated.
5:47PM on 01/17/2015
At this point I think it's fine to refer to them simply as black. Or people of African descent, so they don't get confused with the Australian Aborigines, or people from certain parts of South Asia.
At this point I think it's fine to refer to them simply as black. Or people of African descent, so they don't get confused with the Australian Aborigines, or people from certain parts of South Asia.
11:09AM on 01/18/2015
Because we now live in an America where a half black president (who looks and proclaims himself black) needed to get reelected, but had the worst record in modern history with which to run on. His solution was to pit the races against one another and claim that if you didn't vote for him, you were a racist. Look back ten years and see how many articles you see about racism, or police brutality protests, or mainstream news outlets finding racism under every rock.
Because we now live in an America where a half black president (who looks and proclaims himself black) needed to get reelected, but had the worst record in modern history with which to run on. His solution was to pit the races against one another and claim that if you didn't vote for him, you were a racist. Look back ten years and see how many articles you see about racism, or police brutality protests, or mainstream news outlets finding racism under every rock.
11:05PM on 01/16/2015

The Lego Movie and Selma were snubbed,,,

... because the elite don't like drawing attention to subversive art that awakens and emboldens the masses to question and challenge authority...
... because the elite don't like drawing attention to subversive art that awakens and emboldens the masses to question and challenge authority...
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11:18PM on 01/16/2015
Selma was nominated for best picture and it's not that great.
Selma was nominated for best picture and it's not that great.
10:20AM on 01/17/2015
Too true!
Too true!
11:12AM on 01/18/2015
I would argue, not seeing the film, but reading the mediocre reviews, that Selma was ONLY nominated because or race. And that is just as bad as NOT nominating a film based solely on race.
I would argue, not seeing the film, but reading the mediocre reviews, that Selma was ONLY nominated because or race. And that is just as bad as NOT nominating a film based solely on race.
11:02PM on 01/16/2015

true film fans...

...don't take the Oscars seriously...
...don't take the Oscars seriously...
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10:47PM on 01/16/2015
Spike Lee is bitching about racism every other day. Everyone is crying about how Selma got snubbed for everything, I can't believe how many headlines I have read that said "Selma got nominated for best picture and best song, that's it." Wait was was that? That's right, BEST FUCKING PICTURE! All the bigots and geysers in the academy are so racist that they singled out Selma out as one of the eight best movies of the year, those racist bastards!


Spike Lee is bitching about racism every
Spike Lee is bitching about racism every other day. Everyone is crying about how Selma got snubbed for everything, I can't believe how many headlines I have read that said "Selma got nominated for best picture and best song, that's it." Wait was was that? That's right, BEST FUCKING PICTURE! All the bigots and geysers in the academy are so racist that they singled out Selma out as one of the eight best movies of the year, those racist bastards!


Spike Lee is bitching about racism every other day. Everyone is crying about how Selma got snubbed for everything, I can't believe how many headlines I have read that said "Selma got nominated for best picture and best song, that's it." Wait was was that? That's right, BEST FUCKING PICTURE! All the bigots and geysers in the academy are so racist that they singled out Selma out as one of the eight best movies of the year, those racist bastards!














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10:47PM on 01/16/2015
Spike Lee is bitching about racism every other day. Everyone is crying about how Selma got snubbed for everything, I can't believe how many headlines I have read that said "Selma got nominated for best picture and best song, that's it." Wait was was that? That's right, BEST FUCKING PICTURE! All the bigots and geysers in the academy are so racist that they singled out Selma out as one of the eight best movies of the year, those racist bastards!


Spike Lee is bitching about racism every
Spike Lee is bitching about racism every other day. Everyone is crying about how Selma got snubbed for everything, I can't believe how many headlines I have read that said "Selma got nominated for best picture and best song, that's it." Wait was was that? That's right, BEST FUCKING PICTURE! All the bigots and geysers in the academy are so racist that they singled out Selma out as one of the eight best movies of the year, those racist bastards!


Spike Lee is bitching about racism every other day. Everyone is crying about how Selma got snubbed for everything, I can't believe how many headlines I have read that said "Selma got nominated for best picture and best song, that's it." Wait was was that? That's right, BEST FUCKING PICTURE! All the bigots and geysers in the academy are so racist that they singled out Selma out as one of the eight best movies of the year, those racist bastards!














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10:47PM on 01/16/2015
Spike Lee is bitching about racism every other day. Everyone is crying about how Selma got snubbed for everything, I can't believe how many headlines I have read that said "Selma got nominated for best picture and best song, that's it." Wait was was that? That's right, BEST FUCKING PICTURE! All the bigots and geysers in the academy are so racist that they singled out Selma out as one of the eight best movies of the year, those racist bastards!


Spike Lee is bitching about racism every
Spike Lee is bitching about racism every other day. Everyone is crying about how Selma got snubbed for everything, I can't believe how many headlines I have read that said "Selma got nominated for best picture and best song, that's it." Wait was was that? That's right, BEST FUCKING PICTURE! All the bigots and geysers in the academy are so racist that they singled out Selma out as one of the eight best movies of the year, those racist bastards!


Spike Lee is bitching about racism every other day. Everyone is crying about how Selma got snubbed for everything, I can't believe how many headlines I have read that said "Selma got nominated for best picture and best song, that's it." Wait was was that? That's right, BEST FUCKING PICTURE! All the bigots and geysers in the academy are so racist that they singled out Selma out as one of the eight best movies of the year, those racist bastards!














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10:12PM on 01/16/2015
I'm not super pissed about what the nominations are, except that the Oscars is the most political awards show. 12 Years a Slave didn't win Best Picture because it was a good movie (though it was), it won because they wanted to make a point that they weren't racist. Everyone knows that. I'm more shocked that they didn't give more to Selma, because it is a movie that's apparently really good, about the man that the Academy should be tripping over each other to kiss his feet just so we don 't
I'm not super pissed about what the nominations are, except that the Oscars is the most political awards show. 12 Years a Slave didn't win Best Picture because it was a good movie (though it was), it won because they wanted to make a point that they weren't racist. Everyone knows that. I'm more shocked that they didn't give more to Selma, because it is a movie that's apparently really good, about the man that the Academy should be tripping over each other to kiss his feet just so we don 't think they're out-of-tune white people. Missed opportunity. Oh well, bygones.

Fuck 'em is important. I've been saying it for years (and yes, I will still be sitting in front of that TV keeping score). It's all political. J.K. Simmons will win because there'd be a riot if he didn't. Boyhood will win because no one's ever done that before, and it's actually really good, and Richard Linklater's earned it. These I'm sure of. I'm sure a majority of the Academy members know it, too. Which is why I think nominees matter. When the smoke clears people will debate who should've won. And if your movie wasn't on the list, then your argument is somehow less valid (this is why other awards shows, like the Independent Spirit Awards, matter).

Oh, and Spike Lee is absolutely right. I'd rather have my movie being studied in film school than collecting dust next to a little gold man.
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9:03PM on 01/16/2015
I get so posted every year that Meryl Streep gets nominated for every shifty movie she has a 3 minute role in.
I get so posted every year that Meryl Streep gets nominated for every shifty movie she has a 3 minute role in.
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11:00PM on 01/16/2015
agreed... she gets nominated on name only nowadays... Cate Blanchett took over her throne long ago...
agreed... she gets nominated on name only nowadays... Cate Blanchett took over her throne long ago...
9:02PM on 01/16/2015
I get so posted every year that Meryl Streep gets nominated for every shifty movie she has a 3 minute role in.
I get so posted every year that Meryl Streep gets nominated for every shifty movie she has a 3 minute role in.
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9:03PM on 01/16/2015
Haha I said posted!
Haha I said posted!
10:08PM on 01/16/2015
And shifty!
And shifty!
8:12PM on 01/16/2015

In response to "maybe Selma just isn't good"...

Let's imagine awards matter... (they don't)......and give the Oscar nominations an objective look, in particular as regard this article. The general consensus (amongst those backing "Selma" for Best Director/ Actor) is that Oyelowo's spot was filled by Steve Carell and DuVernay's by Bennett Miller, both for "Foxcatcher". Not because any of them owned these spots, of course, but because voter trends leading up to these nominations seemed to indicate as much. Now it's impossible to determine
Let's imagine awards matter... (they don't)......and give the Oscar nominations an objective look, in particular as regard this article. The general consensus (amongst those backing "Selma" for Best Director/ Actor) is that Oyelowo's spot was filled by Steve Carell and DuVernay's by Bennett Miller, both for "Foxcatcher". Not because any of them owned these spots, of course, but because voter trends leading up to these nominations seemed to indicate as much. Now it's impossible to determine definitively which is a better performance and for that matter, which film is the better one BUT we can apply the metrics at our disposable: critics and viewer scores. In which case, 99% of 145 critics have given "Selma" the thumbs up (higher than any other best picture nominee), 89% on Metascore, 89% of moviegoers (higher than any other best picture nominee) award it a rare A+ Cinemascore, and the Academy itself has deemed it worthy of a Best Picture nomination. On the other hand, "Foxcatcher" sits at an impressive but slightly lower 87% on RT based on 180 reviews, 81% on Metacritic and about 74% among audience members. Further still, the Academy did NOT deem it worthy of a Best Picture spot (even though there were 2 more available). Now those inside the industry (which I am not) have a much clearer understanding of how the different branches vote and how the campaigning and all that works, but for those looking from the outside, seeing an Academy comprised astonishingly of 94% white members and 74% male, seeming to deny a black female director a nomination for a film they themselves have apparently declared is a better one than the one whose white male director they are now nominating... well... in the end it might have nothing to do with race but I don't think its unfair to question whether the composition of the academy might have some influence on the distribution of votes.

More importantly, the notion that "maybe "Selma" just isn't good", simply does not hold up under simple scrutiny of facts and figures. Go out and see for yourselves.
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11:08PM on 01/16/2015
100% correct! unfortunately ignorance is more widespread than intelligence though so your flawless logic will be down-voted... its a sad world...
100% correct! unfortunately ignorance is more widespread than intelligence though so your flawless logic will be down-voted... its a sad world...
7:40PM on 01/16/2015
No matter what race the film is about or what subject matter it's about it has to be a GOOD FILM. End of story.
No matter what race the film is about or what subject matter it's about it has to be a GOOD FILM. End of story.
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7:35PM on 01/16/2015
Regardless of whether or not there's validity to his statements, surprised he uses "retarded" in a derogatory fashion when championing equality
Regardless of whether or not there's validity to his statements, surprised he uses "retarded" in a derogatory fashion when championing equality
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7:25PM on 01/16/2015
All that Oldboy success must've gone to his head.
All that Oldboy success must've gone to his head.
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7:16PM on 01/16/2015
Loved Selma. But Whiplash is the best movie this year.
Loved Selma. But Whiplash is the best movie this year.
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7:01PM on 01/16/2015

Spike Lee

Fuck this hate mongering racist prick until the end of time.
Fuck this hate mongering racist prick until the end of time.
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6:54PM on 01/16/2015
Fuck Spike Lee
Fuck Spike Lee
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6:50PM on 01/16/2015
Does anyone really care what Spike Lee thinks anyway?!
Does anyone really care what Spike Lee thinks anyway?!
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6:28PM on 01/16/2015
Maybe Selma didn't get nominated for as many awards because maybe it's just not that good of a film compared to everything else. But Spike Lee has to make it about race of all things. He should spend more time with his own damn career then everyone else's.
Maybe Selma didn't get nominated for as many awards because maybe it's just not that good of a film compared to everything else. But Spike Lee has to make it about race of all things. He should spend more time with his own damn career then everyone else's.
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6:12PM on 01/16/2015

HHhhmmmm

Lets see, African Americans are about 10 or 15 percent of the population and films about them win about 10 to 15 percent of the time. Yep, we're all f@$#%'in racists. Check. When did truth die Alex?
Lets see, African Americans are about 10 or 15 percent of the population and films about them win about 10 to 15 percent of the time. Yep, we're all f@$#%'in racists. Check. When did truth die Alex?
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6:10PM on 01/16/2015

Let's face it

Not a single film up for nomination is interesting. Just a bunch of dull-ass biopics and Birdman. It won't even be worth watching. Who cares which navel gazing bullshit gets to say they gazed best at their navel?
Not a single film up for nomination is interesting. Just a bunch of dull-ass biopics and Birdman. It won't even be worth watching. Who cares which navel gazing bullshit gets to say they gazed best at their navel?
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7:15PM on 01/16/2015
but... whiplash
but... whiplash
6:04PM on 01/16/2015
He's just mad because the Knicks are awful this year. I'm not going to say he doesn't have a point, but there's been quite a few black actors nominated over the last few years (Denzel, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, etc.). Heck, even Monique won an Oscar. Lee should focus more on improving his own output. The last few films of his have not been great.
He's just mad because the Knicks are awful this year. I'm not going to say he doesn't have a point, but there's been quite a few black actors nominated over the last few years (Denzel, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, etc.). Heck, even Monique won an Oscar. Lee should focus more on improving his own output. The last few films of his have not been great.
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6:11PM on 01/16/2015
The last few? Outside of Inside Man he hadn't made a good film in about 20 years.
The last few? Outside of Inside Man he hadn't made a good film in about 20 years.
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5:55PM on 01/16/2015
This whole outrage has really bothered me. I asked numerous times to those protesting a simple question. That question was, besides David/Ava of Selma, who should have been nominated? No one can answer me. With all of this protesting, you kind of forget that the film IS NOMINATED FOR BEST PICTURE. That's the biggest award of all.
This whole outrage has really bothered me. I asked numerous times to those protesting a simple question. That question was, besides David/Ava of Selma, who should have been nominated? No one can answer me. With all of this protesting, you kind of forget that the film IS NOMINATED FOR BEST PICTURE. That's the biggest award of all.
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9:52PM on 01/16/2015
I generally agree. But I saw The Imitation Game. Great acting, but not a Best Director-type movie. No offense to Tyldum, loved Headhunters, but The Imitation Game was meh.
I generally agree. But I saw The Imitation Game. Great acting, but not a Best Director-type movie. No offense to Tyldum, loved Headhunters, but The Imitation Game was meh.
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5:55PM on 01/16/2015
This whole outrage has really bothered me. I asked numerous times to those protesting a simple question. That question was, besides David/Ava of Selma, who should have been nominated? No one can answer me. With all of this protesting, you kind of forget that the film IS NOMINATED FOR BEST PICTURE. That's the biggest award of all.
This whole outrage has really bothered me. I asked numerous times to those protesting a simple question. That question was, besides David/Ava of Selma, who should have been nominated? No one can answer me. With all of this protesting, you kind of forget that the film IS NOMINATED FOR BEST PICTURE. That's the biggest award of all.
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5:55PM on 01/16/2015

Spike lee is an idiot

Selma is a good movie, not a great one. Spike lee lives in a world where he feels if black people aren't getting all the awards/recognition then that's some kind of a loss for them.
Selma is a good movie, not a great one. Spike lee lives in a world where he feels if black people aren't getting all the awards/recognition then that's some kind of a loss for them.
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5:51PM on 01/16/2015

I'm not surprised

As everyone's mentioned, the average AMPAS voting member is about 63-years-old, white and male so it's not surprising that they'll be more conservative in their choices.

That said, 2014 was a particularly good year for film so it's not surprising that many worthy choices slipped through the cracks.
As everyone's mentioned, the average AMPAS voting member is about 63-years-old, white and male so it's not surprising that they'll be more conservative in their choices.

That said, 2014 was a particularly good year for film so it's not surprising that many worthy choices slipped through the cracks.
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5:50PM on 01/16/2015
I love Spike's films and I guess he does have a point, but I don't see the point in bringing it up. Although I was pretty surprised the cast didn't get nominated.
I love Spike's films and I guess he does have a point, but I don't see the point in bringing it up. Although I was pretty surprised the cast didn't get nominated.
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5:47PM on 01/16/2015
Selma wasn't very good. That's the problem. Why do those up in arms about the snubs feel like just because a movie is about social issues it deserves to get Oscars? Get over it.
Selma wasn't very good. That's the problem. Why do those up in arms about the snubs feel like just because a movie is about social issues it deserves to get Oscars? Get over it.
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5:55PM on 01/16/2015
Amen to that!
Amen to that!
6:10PM on 01/16/2015
Agreed. There will always be some dick hole saying you didn't like the movie because the social commentary made you uncomfortable, and maybe hit a little too close to home or some idiotic thing like that.
Agreed. There will always be some dick hole saying you didn't like the movie because the social commentary made you uncomfortable, and maybe hit a little too close to home or some idiotic thing like that.
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