Rapper Common Says He’s ‘Disappointed’ That The Academy Awards Did Not Recognize ‘Selma’s’ Director Ava Duvernay And Other Cast Members

After the release of this year’s Oscar nominations, the discussion of “who got snubbed” became a topic of debate. A part of that conversation was the movie “Selma.”

“Selma” director Ava DuVernay did receive two nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song for “Glory.”

John Legend and Common even picked up a Golden Globe award for their work on “Glory” for Best Original Song.

Because “Selma” received great reviews, expectations were to see the film dominate in more categories past its two nominations.

In addition to DuVernay being left out of the Best Director category, no actor was nominated, including David Oyelowo who played Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the film.

DuVernay could’ve made history as the first black woman to ever be nominated in the prestigious category.

TIME magazine published an article entitled “Almost All The Oscar Nominees Are White.” This struck up a trending hashtag on twitter called #OscarsSoWhite!” according to reports.

Common didn’t allow his voice to be silent on the matter. During an interview with USA Today, he stated:

I was definitely disappointed. I was definitely wishing that Ava had received an Oscar nomination for best director and wishing David had received an Oscar nomination for best actor. It’s a disappointment. But I found some victory and happiness in the fact that the movie is nominated for best picture. That says a lot about Ava, because she is the director of the movie. She created the film to be best picture. I hope she at least feels great about that.

He concluded:

This is a feeling I’ve never felt before. This is the first time I can ever say, hey I’m an Oscar-nominated artist. It was a goal and vision for myself to receive an Oscar. I was hoping I’d get it as an actor, now I’m super grateful to be getting it as an artist. To be a part of Selma is one of the best moments in my life.

Check out a clip of Common’s words below:

 

Émil Flemmon

When you're a Capricorn, the only thing you really know how to do is work, use diplomacy, and allow sarcasm to be your comedic charm. Ain't nothing like a educated kid from Alabama living big city dreams through a pen a paper...oh yeah, and sarcasm.