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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).

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: 50-Minute Writers Roundtable Talk With George Clooney, Julie Delpy, Jonas Cuaron & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2013 3:05 PM
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We're in the thick of the awards season, which means long gone are the conversations about how long it took to set up a big VFX shot or what it was like playing [insert superhero]. Instead, movie lovers can now actually have substantive talks about, well, movies, and more importantly, so to can filmmakers. Which means for the next little while, as we get closer to the Oscars, we're going to be getting some fascinating talks with some great talent, and here's one of them.

Bill Condon Rewriting Hugh Jackman's P.T. Barnum Musical, '12 Years' Writer John Ridley Takes 'Ben-Hur'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2013 4:52 PM
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The Fifth Estate Bill Condon
As the old song goes, it's nice work if you can get it, and Bill Condon must be glad his phone was ringing at all. With "The Fifth Estate" getting middling reviews, and serving as one of the worst wide release openings of the year, the writer/director has licked his wounds and already landed a new gig, albeit one where he'll working with a pen instead of a megaphone.

Andre 3000 Starring Jimi Hendrix Biopic Moving Forward, Starts Shooting In 3 Weeks, John Ridley Directing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2012 9:19 AM
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Considering how long this has been in development, and the number of similar projects that have fallen by the wayside including a mooted Paul Greengrass directed biopic, and a fictional road trip style movie, we figured the Andre 3000 starring Jimi Hendrix movie was not going to happen. Hell, even as far back as 2008 the actor/rapper himself said, "The funny thing with the biopics [is their uncertainty], I mean, it’s the same thing with ‘Hendrix.’ It’s kinda like, until you are on set doing it you can’t say what’s going on, because everybody wants to do the movie, but there are so many things that go into a biopic.” Well, it looks like the movie is actually going ahead.

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