Watch: George Lucas slams Oscars for snubbing David Oyelowo, Ava DuVernay (‘Selma’)

“The thing about the Academy is it’s a political campaign. It has nothing to do with artistic endeavor at all,” revealed George Lucas on “CBS This Morning” following the highly publicized Oscar snubs of “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo. Watch the video below.

When co-host Gayle King asked Lucas (who was there to promote his new animated film “Strange Magic”) whether the Oscar snubs of DuVernay and Oyelowo could have simply been because there were too many worthy people in contention this year, Lucas retorted, “No. I don’t see it that way.”

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“I think David, who was in ‘Red Tails,’ is truly one of the great actors of all time. He’s really a young talent. And the director Ava is amazing,” he continued. But ultimately, Lucas felt the true problem begins and ends with Hollywood itself. “Forget what they say and see what they do … in emails and stuff. It is what it is.”

Lucas was nominated for writing and directing “Star Wars” (1977) and “American Graffiti” (1973), however his only Oscar to date is the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award he received at the 1992 ceremony. He admitted that he doesn’t regularly attend the Oscars and he’s not a member of the Academy. “There’s always controversy. That’s why I’m not there.”

Do you agree with Lucas’ views on the Oscars and Hollywood in general? Watch the video and then sound off in the comments section below.

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4 thoughts on “Watch: George Lucas slams Oscars for snubbing David Oyelowo, Ava DuVernay (‘Selma’)

  1. I disagree w/ George Lucas. There were too many worthy pictures in contention this year, and I honestly don’t think Selma deserved to be nominated for Best Picture. Not over the INFINITELY superior likes of Snowpiercer (my #1 favorite film of the entire year), Nightcrawler, or even Beyond the Lights. I thought Selma came across as clunky and kind of amateurish in the directing at times. I am convinced that the great biopic on MLK and his work in the civil rights movement has yet to be made and hope that when it comes, THEN the Oscars will give recognition to it! I have also seen the other 7 nominees as well and believe they, unlike Selma, are completely deserving of their kudos. 🙂

    BTW, didn’t George Lucas give us Jar Jar Binks AND that awful Howard the Duck movie? Why the f**k are we listening to this guy on ANYTHING?!?!?! LOL

  2. And don’t get me wrong, thought Selma was an OKAY movie, just not great and without a doubt not one of the greats of 2014. Plus, didn’t Ava DeVernay also direct the indie-romance Middle of Nowhere. Maybe she just can’t handle intense epics or create gravitas that well. Some of the music choices, like when people were watching the police attack on TV, were terrible and threw off the tone of the scene and its horrors. Other times like when the priest was killed and you saw him die in slow motion, literally beat you over the head w/ its message: racism leads to violence. Some subtlety and/or realism would have helped in the scene where the church was bombed and you saw the girl flying through the air, once again IN SLOW MOTION! “sigh”

    I am NOT saying this because I’m racist or sexist. I’m saying this because this is how I feel and because it would be racist and sexist for me judge the film based on the identity of the filmmaker and not on the film itself.

  3. It’s ridiculous that the “racism of Hollywood” is heaped solely on the nominations of the Academy The Golden Globes and SAG Awards, both Hollywood based, have more black people nominated. Many deserving films by numerous talented people didn’t get nominated at all and so two nominations for “Selma” should be celebrated. If the media didn’t play up this story, we wouldn’t be commenting on it. But you know, newspapers have to sell, websites have to be visited, 24 hour news has to be filled up with something, and Al Sharpton has to have something to complain about.

  4. The Academy Awards has a history of racism and non-inclusion. As a reporter who covered the Academy, I know this well. I recall Driving Mrs. Daisy won over Malcolm X and the list goes on. Lucas is saying what we’ve all known all along. That’s one reason I don’t watch.

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