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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