Boyz n the Hood Director Dismisses ‘White Oscars’ Controversy: ‘There’s Only So Many Slots’

shutterstock_332768873The first African-American ever nominated for Best Director told Variety that he didn’t think much of the controversy surrounding the lack of minority nominees in this year’s Academy Awards.

“There’s only so many slots, though,” Boyz n the Hood director John Singleton said. “There are a couple of movies that may have (warranted attention) but … It’s all subjective. It’s almost like the lottery.”

“…Every year people complain,” he said, in response to industry figures like Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith boycotting the ceremony. “People even complain even when we have a lot of nominations. It is what it is.”

“I’ve been in the game for 25 years. You never know — it’s the luck of the draw for you. To me, I’m not surprised. I’m not disappointed either, as much as other people are disappointed. There’s a whole elevation of work that happens.”

Singleton downplayed the importance of Oscar snubs, pointing out that Lee’s directoral debut Do the Right Thing was snubbed a nomination for Best Picture, which eventually went to Driving Miss Daisy. “Nobody’s talking about Driving Miss Daisy any more. Everybody’s still talking about Do the Right Thing. It happens every year.”

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