"F*ck ’Em": Spike Lee Reacts To Oscar Snubs For 'Selma'

January 17, 2015 2:26 PM

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Of the many interesting (or disquieting) statistics to arrive in the wake of yesterday's Oscar nominations (and their snubs) is that the Academy's voting body is 93% white, 76% male with a median age of 63. Those aren't encouraging figures, seeming especially telling in light of Ava DuVernay's acclaimed "Selma" missing nominations for both Best Director and Best Actor for David Oyelowo's complex, deeply moving performance. If you were anywhere near social media yesterday, you likely saw much frustration towards those snubs, but leave it to Spike Lee to give the saltiest take. The situation is not unfamiliar to Lee, who in 1989 saw his groundbreaking "Do The Right Thing" nominated for just two Oscars: Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. Lee's film ended up winning none, and the big prize went to film on the other end of ideological spectrum that year.

"[The 'Selma' snubs] doesn’t diminish the film," Lee tells The Daily Beast. "Nobody’s talking about motherfuckin’ 'Driving Miss Daisy.' That film is not being taught in film schools all across the world like 'Do the Right Thing' is. Nobody’s discussing 'Driving Miss Motherfuckin’ Daisy.' So if I saw...

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