George Lucas Weighs In On The Selma Oscars Snub
The dust has settled on the Oscar 2015 nominations, and the arguments have already started. George Lucas - creator of the Star Wars franchise - was the first to weigh in, blasting the Academy Awards as a "political campaign" which does not recognise real artistic talent after Selma star David Oyelowo and director Ava Duvernay were shut out of the nominations.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic was shortlisted for the coveted Best Picture and Best Original Song prizes when the nods were announced last Thursday, but surprisingly failed to garner nominations for Oyelowo for his portrayal of the civil rights icon or his director DuVernay - leading to Academy officials receiving heavy flack for the lack of diversity in their top picks for the acting awards - but Lucas insists the snub came as no surprise to him.
"There's always controversy. That's why I'm not a member." he told US news show CBS This Morning. "Everybody has their personal opinions about what they think (the nominations) should be. I think David is truly one of the great actors of all time. And you know, the director, Ava, is amazing... I think they're very, very talented people. But what can I say?"
"The thing about the Academy, it's a political campaign, it has nothing to do with artistic endeavour at all. 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."
However, Lucas claims the Oscars snub should not take anything away from Oyelowo and DuVernay's achievements with Selma. "I think Ava and David deserved to be (nominated) - (but) 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."