| zolloh wrote:|
i was happy black screenwriter won but yeah Ridley gave a
weird ass, kinda dry speech... he's either a sourpuss or just doesnt
know how to be happy, that's one of the major awards and he was like "oh
Z, apparently there is a dispute b/w them over the screenplay . McQueen wanted writing credit too and Ridley refused. So my friend was right and I was wrong LOL, which he happily pointed out to me repeatedly .
(they say McQueen gave Ridley the slow clap LOL)
see story below.
Last night, if you hadn't fall asleep by time it was announced, you may have noticed a slight chill when screenwriter John Ridley went up to accept his Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for "12 Years A Slave." He curiously didn't even acknowledge director Steve McQueen, walking by him on his way up to the stage, and in his speech, he thanked everyone involved with the movie except the director. Is that beef we're smelling?
According to Nikki Finke, it could be as the former Deadline reporter tweeted out the following last night:
has more context, revealing that after McQueen tapped Ridley to pen the
adaptation on spec — and "had a hand in shaping" the final result, but
was denied by the writer when he asked for a co-credit. Fox Searchlight
sided with Ridley, and everyone involved agreed to keep the battle under
wraps, but it has surfaced in recent weeks, starting at the BAFTAs
where Ridley was excluded from McQueen's prepared speech.
McQueen did mention the writer at the Golden Globes, it was a last
minute reminder by a producer, reportedly to keep any notice of tension
behind the scenes from affecting the Oscar campaign.
But last night,
neither McQueen or Ridley mentioned the other in their speeches
indicating that feelings are still very much bruised. And it's not the
first time Ridley has clashed with a director over credits to movie. Way
back in 1999, Ridley and David O. Russell battled over "Three Kings,"
with the writer blocking the director from publishing a book of the
screenplay. Ridley wrote "Three Kings" on spec, but Russell rewrote the
script extensively and the WGA ultimately ruling granting a Ridley a
"story by" credit. "This is a guy who every step of the way has tried to
grab credit," Ridley told EW
at the time. "I never heard a word while he was shooting the movie.
Never saw any of the script changes. And then finally, a year later, I
get a copy of the script, and my name isn't even on it. It's 'by David
O. Russell.' My name is nowhere."
check out Ridley's walk through the Dolby Theater, and McQueen's fake
applause in response which has immediately gone viral.