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John Ridley Addressess Steve McQueen Feud, Explains Oscar Speech Diss

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12 Years a Slave writer, John Ridley is finally speaking out about the rumored feud between the film’s director, Steve McQueen.

During a recent interview with HuffPost Live to promote his Jimi Hendrix biopic, All Is By My Side, Ridely opened up about his relationship with McQueen and why he failed to mention McQueen’s name during his Oscar’s acceptance speech.

“You got 30 seconds. Half of that was going to my wife,” Ridley explained. “Whatever time I had more was going to Solomon [Northup] and praising him. And then I wanted to make sure … You get in your parents, your mom, your dad … You never thank them my two sisters, my kids.”

Ridley added, “You can’t help people’s perceptions, but I am sorry that people perceived [a feud] because 24 hours earlier I was saying, ‘It was fun. And I am here because of him and because of his work and how he puts things together.”

Reports surfaced after the Oscar’s that the two men were feuding over credit for the screenplay. In another interview with Indiewire’s Anne Thompson, the Academy Award winner explained that the perceived fight between he and the British director was blown out of proportion.

“For both of us, I would have been happy to have Story By credit,” Ridely said. “Steve never tried to get an arbitration. A lot of people assume we wrote the script together every day for four years. The reality is that Steve lives in Amsterdam and I live in Los Angeles. We met a dozen times at most. I can’t say in all honesty that Steve and I had an opportunity to become super tight. It starts to bother me when the story becomes that we didn’t give each other foot massages. Steve was never not deferential to me and I hope I always expressed admiration for him, the cast and crew. Steve did a lot for me. I don’t know if Steve is upset. We got to have our moment. It was a beautiful moment for us.”

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Issa, Anthony, Sterling … Oh My! This Is Who We’re Rooting For At The Golden Globes

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Another year, another award show … but this time around a few new names have made the nominations cut.

The 2018 Golden Globes nominees were announced on Monday and some of our favorites like Anthony Anderson, his show “black-ish”, Denzel Washington (“Roman J. Israel, Esq”), Octavia Spencer (“The Shape Of Water”) and Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”) made the list again. But some newbies were announced that have us giddy like it’s Christmas morning.

First up, we’re super glad that “Get Out” is being recognized, although it’s in the “Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical” category (womp) and to see David Kaluuya getting some love is pretty dope.

In addition, one of our FAVE singer is now being recognized for her acting prowess! Mary J. Blige scored a nod for her supporting role in “Mudbound” and we can’t wait to see what she wears to the big show.

And although this is Issa Rae’s second year being a Golden Globe nominee, we’re just as excited as if it were her first! Oh, and maybe the Globes will get it right this year (wink, wink).

For a full list of the Golden Globe nominees click HERE!

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