Source: ABC One of the most awkward moments of Sunday night's Oscars was when John Ridley
won the award for best adapted screenplay for 12 Years a Slave and received neither a nod, hug, nor handshake from director Steve McQueen
. In fact, John didn't hug anyone involved in the film, instead giving a hug to American Hustle
director David O. Russell
and a nod to Meryl Streep
, who was located on the opposite side of the aisle from the 12 Years a Slave cast and crew. Neither John nor Steve thanked each other in their acceptance speeches, and John stood at the very back of the crowd when the cast and crew stood on stage to accept the best picture award. So, what was going on between these two? According to former Deadline Hollywood editor in chief Nikki Finke, Steve's cold shoulder and awkward fingertip clapping sprang from the pair's feud over screenwriting credit.