We’re reading quite a few tweets tonight on the film “Selma” somehow getting snubbed at tonight’s 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
But tonight’s outrage is actually worse than the earlier outrage claiming “Selma” was snubbed by Oscar’s voters.
You see, “Selma” wasn’t included in this year’s SAG awards because the film wasn’t “finished” in time. Via Hip Hop Hollywood:
As the SAG Awards quickly approach, people are still scratching their heads as to why Ava DuVernay’s, Selma, is not being recognized in any of the film categories.
HipHollywood caught up with the SAG Foundation President, JoBeth Williams, who explained that the film was not “subbed” or “shunned,” rather, it simply came out a little too late. “One of the best movies of the year, Selma, unfortunately it wasn’t finished in time. SAG-AFTRA members didn’t get to see it. There weren’t even any screenings and that’s heartbreaking.”
“We work on the studios, see what they can do to try and get films started earlier if they can so that they’ll be finished in time for our voters,” Williams said. “We have to have the nominations in at a certain time in order to then prepare for the show.”
More from the Los Angeles Times:
Since its unveiling at a special screening at AFI Fest last month, Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King Jr. biopic has generated an outpouring of enthusiasm from critics. But the cut of the movie that some have seen was an unfinished one. In fact, DuVernay didn’t lock up the picture in time for distributor Paramount Pictures to send screeners of the Christmas release to SAG members. Translation? The movie may not have been seen by enough members to secure coveted noms — like one for lead actor Oyelowo, who otherwise seems to be one of the season’s front-runners.
In other words, blame the producers.