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Anthony Mackie Gives His Take On Selma Oscar Snub: “People Are Tired Of Being Bombarded With Race”

Submitted by on January 22, 2015 – 6:17 pmNo Comment

Ever since the nominees for the 2015 Oscar Awards were announced, people have struggled with the idea that the Martin Luther King, Jr. film Selma was completely snubbed by the awards committee. Originally pegged as a frontrunner in several categories, the Ava DuVernay-directed film was ultimately nominated only for best original song — and best film. (Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but how did it get nominated for best film without noms for writing, acting, or directing?)

Everyone has thrown in their two cents regarding the matter. Some have called the academy outright racist, while others have taken the Oscars to task for avoiding black films over the course of its existence.

Actor Anthony Mackie gave his opinion on the snub with a little insight on how he believes people are looking at “Selma” and other films that tackle the category of race in an interview with The Grio.

“People are just tired of being bombarded with race right now,” Mackie said. “So everybody is shying away from certain topics and certain movies.”

He went on to discuss how the Oscar’s are simply  awarding the best performances and it doesn’t necessarily have to do with outright discrimination. However, he does believes race does play a factor in society, just not in this case.

Do you agree with his comments?

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