’12 Years a Slave’ dominated at the Oscars, earning coveted awards for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and more. But did writer John Ridley forget to thank director Steve McQueen in his acceptance speech — or did he leave him out on purpose?
Did anyone else notice when John Ridley, last night’s Oscar winner for Best Adapted Screenplay, seemed to remember to thank everyone involved in 12 Years a Slave, except for the film’s director, Steve McQueen? While most of us brushed it off as as an innocent mistake — we all forget things in the heat of the moment, especially a moment as huge as winning an Academy Award — there is now speculation that this was a purposeful snub! Are John and Steve feuding?
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Following John’s non-mention of Steve, Nikki Finke, the former editor-in-chief of our sister site Deadline.com, took to Twitter to shed some light on the potential diss.
My sources attributing John Ridley-Steve McQueen cold shoulder at Oscars tonight to dispute over screenplay credit.
— Nikki Finke (@NikkiFinke) March 3, 2014
Wow. If Nikki’s sources are right, it sounds like Steve wanted a writer’s credit on the project, which he clearly didn’t receive. If that’s the case, it’s no wonder Steve returned the favor by neglecting to thank John in his Best Picture acceptance speech!
They may be in their forties, but boys will always be boys.
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While Nikki’s March 2 tweet launched a tornado of theories and speculation, the truth is, unless someone on the film speaks out, we will never know if there is any real animosity between the writer and the director, or if this slip-up was just a case of Oscar jitters.
What is unarguable though, is that 12 Years a Slave picked up some of the most important awards last night, from the creme-de-la-creme, Best Picture, to Best Adapted Screenplay, to Best Supporting Actress for the stunning Lupita Nyong’o.
So drama aside, WE won’t forget to congratulate everyone involved on this cinematic masterpiece! What do YOU think of John’s acceptance speech, HollywoodLifers? Did he omit Steve on purpose or was it an innocent mistake? Let us know!
— India Irving