QUICK QUOTES: Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs Addresses ‘Selma’ Snubs

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As we celebrate Selma‘s Oscar nod for Best Picture and Common‘s Best Original Song nomination for “Glory” on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s birthday, there’s still much disappointment in the fact that the film was obviously overlooked in other categories.

Ava DuVernay deserved the honor of being the first African-American female nominated for Best Director. Where is David Oyelowo‘s Best Actor nod for how brilliantly he embodied Dr. King?

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs feels there isn’t a problem with lack of diversity within the organization. In fact, it almost feels as if she’s saying we should be happy with the bones we were tossed for Selma.

The good news is that the wealth of talent is there, and it’s being discussed, and it’s helpful so much for talent — whether in front of the camera or behind the camera — to have this recognition, to have this period of time where there is a lot of publicity, a lot of chitter-chatter.

Well, it’s a terrific motion picture, and that we can never and should not take away from it, the fact that it is a terrific motion picture.

There are a lot of terrific motion pictures, it’s a very competitive time, and there’s a lot of great work that has been done. I am very happy that Selma is included in our eight terrific motion-picture [nominations].

I would have liked to wrap this post up with something expounding her Cheryl’s remarks to Vulture.com regarding the Selma snubs.

Unfortunately, the only thing that comes to mind is…. Bye Felicia.

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