The British screenwriter of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom says the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave “sucked up all the guilt about black people” during this year’s awards season.
During a speech at the Hay Festival William Nicholson told the audience:
“I’m incredibly proud of this film (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom). Unfortunately it didn’t get the kind of acclaim that I wanted. It didn’t get Oscars.”
“Americans were so exhausted feeling guilty about slavery that I don’t think there was much left over to be nice about our film. So our film didn’t do as well as we’d hoped, which was a bit heartbreaking.
“Mandela died as I was in the royal premiere with Will and Kate. We were deluged with Mandela stuff and after a week we all thought, please take it away, we’ve heard enough about Mandela.”
He also went on to say that Mandela’s speeches were boring.
“All but one … were made up by me because his own are so boring. I know it sounds outrageous to say a thing like that, but when he came out of prison he made a speech and, God, you fell asleep.”
William was desperately seeking those accolades but Steve McQueen, Solomon and Patsey came along and shut that down.
Sounds like sour grapes to me. But for the record I still haven’t watched 12 Years A Slave, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, The Butler or The Help and I doubt I ever will.
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