Wednesday, December 1, 2021

George Lucas: ‘Selma’ Should’ve Received Director, Actor Oscar Noms

Director George Lucas (R) and wife Mellody Hobson attend the 'Selma' and the Legends Who Paved the Way gala at Bacara Resort on December 6, 2014 in Goleta, California
Director George Lucas (R) and wife Mellody Hobson attend the ‘Selma’ and the Legends Who Paved the Way gala at Bacara Resort on December 6, 2014 in Goleta, California

*One of the greatest filmmakers of all time believes that “Selma” was robbed when the Academy Award nominations were announced.

“There’s always controversy. That’s why I’m not a member,” George Lucas, the director of “Star Wars,” told “CBS This Morning” on Friday.

The director, 70, felt that “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo were deserving of nominations for best director and best actor, respectively.

“Everybody has their personal opinions about what they think should be,” he said. “I think David, who was in ‘Red Tails,’ is truly one of the great actors of all time. And you know, the director, Ava, is amazing. Not her real first film, but her first real major film. And you know, I think they’re very, very talented people. But what can I say?”

Lucas ultimately feels that awards are little more than a popularity contest.

“The thing about the Academy, it’s a political campaign, it has nothing to do with artistic endeavor at all,” he said. “So it’s a political campaign. It’s like — why do we have a tendency to elect people who drift toward not the most talented, best and brightest we have in the country? It’s all political.”

But while he wishes DuVernay and Oyelowo were being recognized by the academy, he doesn’t feel the lack of nominations takes away from their film at all.

“I think Ava and David deserved to be — you know, they’re starting their careers, and this is an important moment for them. And I think it’s a beautiful film, it’s a wonderful film.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Funny how those who know or hang with Us, don’t seem to “drink the same Kool-aid”, as those who….”don’t know or hang with “Us”. And even “that” shouldn’t be a damn factor!!!!, it shouuuuuuld be about nothing but “the art” & NOT….”who “maaaaaaade” the art”!! But we should just recognize that, to “YT”? (not “non” racist White people!) “putting their race above ALL”, IS ….ALL”!!!!, that matters! And from rating movies, music or “POTUS”!!!, their “mediocre” will ALWAYS trump anyone else’s “MAGNIFICENT”, & especially…..”Our’s”!! TJBTITMFB!

  2. I saw the movie today and They was Robbed!! Spike Lee says “F”’em and I agree. They don’t need the establishment to validate their good work!! Everyone should go and see it…..Outstanding!!

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