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Exclusive: SAG Foundation President Explains Why ‘Selma’ Was Not Nominated

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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.”

SAG-AFTRA members, which include over 160,000 film and television performers, journalists and personalities world wide, vote and recognize outstanding performances in film and primetime television.

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Girl Power Prevails At The 2017 American Music Awards

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Music’s most amazing night went down Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. and we have to say the night was all about the ladies!

That’s right the 45th American Music Awards had some major moments and some major girl power starting with Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

The duo got the show started singing R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”, but it was their solo performances that had fans going nuts.

Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage and had everyone on their feet with a medley of her classic tracks and new single “Love So Soft.”

While Pink took her career to new heights leaping off the side of a building while performing her hit single “Beautiful Trauma.”

Christina Aguilera, paid tribute to Whitney Houston with a commemorative performance for the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard.

But the #Majah moment of the night had to be Diana Ross. The Motown legend was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performed some of her greatest hits before accepting the honor.

 

Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

 

 

 

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