Mandela Biopic Screenwriter Blames White Guilt & '12 Years A Slave' For His Film's Lack Of Success

William Nicholson, the British screenwriter of last year's Nelson Mandela biopic - Nelson Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, which starred Idris Elba in the title role - is apparently devastated that his film wasn't quite the critical and commercial hit that he obviously expected it to be, telling the attending audience at The Hays Festival (an annual literature & arts festival held in Hay-on-Wye, Wales for ten days, from May to June) that Oscar voters ignored his film because "12 Years a Slave sucked up all the guilt about black people."  In other words, according to Nicholson, what we call "white guilt" is a finite thing, and there's only so much of it to go...
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