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John Ridley Says He’s “Grateful” For Steve McQueen, Claims Feud With ‘12 Years A Slave’ Director Is Nonexistent

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 5, 2014 9:02 AM
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12 Years A Slave
As with every year, a number of gaffes littered the Oscars ceremony this past Sunday, from the minuscule to the most cringeworthy (check out our best and worst moments from the show). However, two actions have since been read as entirely deliberate: the lack of mutual recognition from either “12 Years A Slave” director Steve McQueen, or its writer John Ridley, during their acceptance speeches. Body language and some pretty facetious applause has added to evidence of a feud, but now one half of the pair has spoken out to set things straight.

Oscar Winners Steve McQueen & John Ridley Reportedly Beefing Over '12 Years A Slave' Screenplay Credit

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2014 2:13 PM
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12 Years A Slave
Last night, if you hadn't fall asleep by time it was announced, you may have noticed a slight chill when screenwriter John Ridley went up to accept his Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for "12 Years A Slave." He curiously didn't even acknowledge director Steve McQueen, walking by him on his way up to the stage, and in his speech, he thanked everyone involved with the movie except the director. Is that beef we're smelling?

Watch: All Oscar Acceptance Speeches For Best Picture & Major Categories Plus The Entire Show In 2 Minutes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2014 10:25 AM
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For anyone watching the Oscars at home last night, they may have noticed something a different about the speeches this year....no one really got played off. It looks like the producers took it easy on the winners in 2014, rarely breaking out the orchestra to hustle people off the stage, leading to some longer than usual acceptance speeches. And in case you were in the bathroom or doing a snack refill, we've got all the major ones below.

Watch: 140-Minute Talk With Martin Scorsese, Steve McQueen, Paul Greengrass & David O. Russell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2014 3:03 PM
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One of the best things about this year's brace of awards season contending directors, is that they're all great raconteurs. Whether it's the freewheeling David O. Russell, film knowledge encyclopedia Martin Scorsese or the deeply thoughtful Steve McQueen (check out a two hour talk with him here), the constant train of interviews are made more bearable because they guys are just interesting all their own. Now put 'em on stage together, and watch what happens.

Watch: Extensive 2 Hour Talk With Steve McQueen About '12 Years A Slave,' His Filmography, Art & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2014 11:26 AM
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12 Years A Slave
So, we're in that quiet period of the awards season where the nominations are in, and the campaigns start making more measured moves as the Academy gets ready to vote on the Oscars. But with multiplexes mostly filled with the stuff studios would like to forget they financed, now is a good time to dive really deeply into the films and careers of some of this year's nominees. And if you wanted a comprehensive overview of the work of Steve McQueen, we've got a treat for you today.

Watch: '12 Years A Slave' Director Steve McQueen Stays Classy When Asked About Armond White's Comments

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2014 9:18 AM
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12 Years A Slave
Whether or not he heard them on the actual night is still not known, but by now someone has told director Steve McQueen about Armond White's insults at the New York Film Critics Circle awards. The contrarian critic shouted, "You're an embarrassing doorman and garbage man” as McQueen went up to accept his Best Director award. The incident made headlines everywhere, and White was kicked out of the NYFCC as a result. As for McQueen, he's pretty much remained silent on it all, but it was only a matter of time before someone was going to ask.

Steve McQueen Developing Epic BBC Drama Series About Black Life In Britain

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2014 9:05 AM
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12 Years A Slave
After delivering one of the most raw and bracing looks ever at American slavery with "12 Years A Slave," Steve McQueen is eager to continue detailing the black experience, but this time he's turning his lens to his native Britain, continuing the trend of directors heading to TV.

Directors Guild Award Nominations Include Alfonso Cuaron, David O. Russell & Martin Scorsese But No Coens

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2014 1:16 PM
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American Hustle
The Coens might want to hold on putting down that deposit for a tuxedo, as it seems their wonderful "Inside Llewyn Davis" is not registering with voters. After being shut out of the Producers Guild and Writers Guild awards nominations, the directorial duo have once again been left in the cold, this time by the DGA.

Watch: 1-Hour Roundtable With Spike Jonze, Steve McQueen, Paul Greengrass, Nicole Holofcener & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2014 1:02 PM
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LA Times Director's Roundtable
With the awards season now in the final stretch before the nominees turn into winners, there's still some campaigning to do and talks to be had and the latest comes from the LA Times as part of their Envelope Screening Series.

'American Hustle' Tops New York Film Critics Circle Awards, David O. Russell & Jennifer Lawrence Win Big

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2013 3:08 PM
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First! Once again, the New York Film Critics Circle made filmmakers and studios sweat to get their films screened in time as they position themselves to be the first (official) word on the awards race and augur of things to come ... at least until the National Board Of Review weighs in tomorrow. But for now, it looks like David O. Russell's "American Hustle" is the one to beat over the next couple of months.

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