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British star of Mlk biopic David Oyelowo tells ABC talk show hosts he “grew into” the role
“My 12-year-old daughter said, ‘Mommy, this is still happening right now, because of all the protests that are happening.’ It is like a new Civil Rights movement once again,”O’Donnell said.
The actors agreed that the film resonates.
“‘Selma’ is like a blueprint for what we can do, and some of the things we »
- Alicia Banks
The dust has most certainly not settled on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in the wake of "Selma's" perceived snubs by the Academy Thursday. I missed George Lucas' appearance on CBS This Morning, where he pretty much called the Oscars what they are: "a political campaign." Of course, Lucas has maintained his fiercely independent ways for years and, as a non-member who has no desire to join the Academy (for these reasons), is perfectly content with being this outspoken. "It has nothing to do with artistic endeavor," he said." What it does is I think it hurts everybody." In dealing with perceived racism within the group — not specifically re: "Selma," but in general — he made the same point Jessica Chastain did, that Awards are just a reflection of a disease. "You're not talking about the show [when you talk about racism], you're talking about Hollywood," he said. "It's not just the show. It's everything, everywhere…David »
- Kristopher Tapley
"The thing about the Academy is it's a political campaign. It has nothing to do with artistic endeavor at all," revealed George Lucas on "CBS This Morning" following the highly publicized Oscar snubs of "Selma" director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo. Watch the video below. When co-host Gayle King asked Lucas (who was there to promote his new animated film "Strange Magic") whether the Oscar snubs of DuVernay and Oyelowo could have simply been because there were too many worthy people in contention this year, Lucas retorted, "No. I don't see it that way." -Break- How did 'Selma' go from Oscars frontrunner to token Best Picture nominee? "I think David, who was in 'Red Tails,' is truly one of the great actors of all time. He's really a young talent. And the director Ava is amazing," he continued. But ultimately, Lucas felt the true problem begins and ends. »
"You can’t go to awards like the Oscars or the Grammys for validation. The validation is if your work still stands 25 years later," Spike Lee concluded in his response to "Selma" Oscar snubs. And he's not the only filmmaker speaking out about the nominations this year, which don't see one face of color in any of the acting categories. Stopping by "CBS This Morning" to talk about his upcoming animated film "Strange Magic," George Lucas — who is not a member of the Academy — was perhaps a little more cautious in his criticism but nonetheless barbed when asked on his thoughts around the controversy of the nominees this year. "It's a political campaign. It has nothing to do with artistic endeavor at all," he stated about the process. Having worked with David Oyelowo on "Red Tails," Lucas calls him "truly one of the great actors of all time." He calls »
- Kevin Jagernauth
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick "Jimi: All Is by My Side" is available now On Demand. This interview was originally published last fall.] John Ridley has been honing his craft for years, apprenticing with John Wells on "Third Watch," through multiple movie scripts ("U-Turn," "Red Tails") and television series ("Barbershop," "Platinum") to his first feature "Cold Around the Heart." He wrote the Oscar-winning script for "12 Years a Slave" as well as his sophomore directing effort, Jimi Hendrix slice-of-life "All Is by My Side," now available to view on video on demand platforms. The Jimi Hendrix estate has been holding up a proper biopic for decades. But one night screenwriter John Ridley (who won the Oscar for his screen adaptation of Solomon Northup's "12 Years a »
- Anne Thompson
5 items from 2015
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