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'Mandela' Writer Blames Failure On Audiences "Exhausted Feeling Guilty About Slavery" In '12 Years A Slave'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 3, 2014 9:24 AM
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mandela, long walk to freedom
The purpoted beef between director Steve McQueen and screenwriter John Ridley aside, most of the controversy surrounding the Best Picture-winning “12 Years A Slave” has centered on audience’s reactions to the film, both of Armond White and uneasy white Academy voters. Here we are, three months removed from the film’s Oscar win and another dissenter has spoken out the film’s injustices.

Theater Owners CEO Says '12 Years A Slave' Was "Too Unequivocally Intense To Watch In A Cinema"

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 26, 2014 9:05 AM
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12 Years A Slave
Despite at least two Academy voters admitting to not seeing Steve McQueen’s harrowing “12 Years A Slave”—they ended up voting for the film anyway—the unflinching portrait of slavery scored the Best Picture trophy thanks to voters unafraid to view our nation’s dark past. But with the prevalence of screeners in Oscar campaigns, how many actually made the trek to watch this tragic story in a room full of strangers on the big screen? Maybe some recent comments made by the president-CEO of the National Association of Theater Owners can give us a clue.

Oscar Winning '12 Years A Slave' Writer John Ridley Says He Regrets Not Thanking Steve McQueen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2014 9:32 AM
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12 Years A Slave
"This year it’s who hugged and kissed who and who didn’t,” Oscar winning "12 Years A Slave" screenwriter John Ridley told EW about the awards season narrative this year. And he's not that far off. While the past few months have seen much milder mud slinging between contenders than past years, and indeed, one of the largest stories of any film up for awards, was centered around the squabbles between the director and stars of "Blue Is The Warmest Color" (which wound up being nominated for zero awards, partially because it was ruled ineligible for Foreign Film).

Box Office: ‘300: Rise Of An Empire’ Defends The Kingdom; 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Smashes Per-Screen Average Records

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 9, 2014 2:12 PM
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300: Rise Of An Empire
It arrived much too late, some seven years after the fact. It was met with most middling reviews, and it featured no real stars to speak of. But that could not stop “300: Rise Of An Empire,” the slightly less-ripped, less-sweaty, otherwise pretty-much-the-same sequel from dominating the box office (our review here). The Warner Bros. sequel might not have been in vogue with the blogosphere, but the rest of the country was more than happy to attend.

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.

Watch: Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt Talks Shooting Best Picture Winner '12 Years A Slave' In 15-Minute Video

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2014 4:17 PM
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12 Years A Slave, Steve McQueen
While "12 Years A Slave" was nominated for an Oscar in nine categories, (winning three: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay) we'd argue there was a tenth nod it should've gotten: recognition for the work of cinematographer Sean Bobbitt. He's been a longtime collaborator with Steve McQueen, and an integral contributor to the visual look of his films. This 15-minute video details that relationship.

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: Oscar Winners Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett & More Meet The Press Plus Jennifer Lawrence Talks Falling Again

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 3, 2014 10:36 AM
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12 Years A Slave Oscars
The champagne bottles are empty, the limos are getting cleaned, the tuxedos are being returned and the sun is rising the morning after of the Oscars. But before the winners got to head backstage and celebrate their victory, they had to run the press gauntlet.

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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Lupita Nyong'o, Oscars
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.

2014 Oscar Winners: 'Gravity' Wins 7, '12 Years A Slave' Takes Best Picture, 'American Hustle' Shut Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2014 10:37 PM
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2014 Oscar Winners
...And that's it on another year. As always, the Oscars were both exciting, (mostly) sleep inducing, surprising and left us with lots to talk about. But it's late, we're tired and filled with nacho cheese, so we're going to be a bit brief for now.

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