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Exclusive: Octavia Spencer On Why “Selma” Wasn’t Snubbed

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Black or White actress Octavia Spencer says she doesn’t believe the film Selma was snubbed during this month’s Academy Award nominations. While the film was nominated for Best Picture, director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo did not receive nominations for their efforts, leading to cries that this year’s ceremony is White washed.

The 2012 Oscar-winner for Best Supporting Actress offered up her own take on the supposed scandal during a sit-down interview with HipHollywood.com. The Alabama native seems to think people maybe overreacting with all the “snub” talk. “I don’t understand what that’s about. The film was not overlooked. It received a Best Picture and a Best Song nomination. It is what it is.”

Spencer, who is currently starring alongside Kevin Costner and Anthony Mackie in Black or White, added, “I’m thrilled for everyone that has received a nomination though, it’s hard to get: trust me.” And she would know, receiving a nod from the Academy for her work in The Help.

Hear who Spencer says she’s rooting for at next month’s big show in the clip below.

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Dwyane Wade On New Heartfelt Documentary: It’s A Story “I Never Got A Chance To Tell As A Kid”

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It’s been an epic week for Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union.

It first started with one of the biggest trades of the year with Wade returning back to Miami to finish the rest of the season with the Heat. “I was happy,” Wade told us on Thursday night about the trade.

He added, “The journey of the NBA took me to Chicago, it took me to Cleveland, but it also brought me back to Miami; a place from a basketball sense birthed me.”

Days following the big NBA announcement, the lovebirds then celebrated the release of Dwyane’s documentary, Shot in the Dark, which the NBA champion produced alongside Chance the Rapper.

The film follows the Orr Academy High School basketball team on Chicago’s Westside. Throughout the documentary, cameras capture the journey of individual athletes trying to make it to the NBA despite growing up in the violent streets of Chicago.

During the screening, Wade also opened up to HipHollywood about why the project was near and dear to his heart. “It’s home,” the Chicago native said. “I jumped on board right away because it’s a story being told that I never got a chance to tell as a kid. To be able to shed some positive light on a tough, dark situation for us was big.”

Union added, “I’m so proud. Coming up on Hoop Dreams … It explores so many other topics that are critical to kids in Chicago.”

As for whether or not D-Wade picked up some advice from his TV star boo, not quite. When asked what tips Union gave Wade ahead of the project, the actress told us, “None. You have to learn. Humility and school of hard knocks. Things are not going to go your way and you have to learn through experience just like the rest of us.”

Check out the documentary on February 24 on Fox Sports.

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