During an interview with The Daily Beast, Lee was asked about the snub and said “join the club.” Lee advised director Ava DuVernay and the cast to just ignore the snub and move forward.
“Join the club!” Lee said. “But that doesn’t diminish the film. Nobody’s talking about motherf*ckin’ Driving Miss Daisy. That film is not being taught in film schools all across the world like Do the Right Thing is. Nobody’s discussing Driving Miss Motherf*ckin’ Daisy. So if I saw Ava today I’d say, ‘You know what? F*ck ’em. You made a very good film, so feel good about that and start working on the next one.”
According to The Daily Beast, this year’s Oscars is the whitest since 1998, with no person of color receiving an acting nomination.
They compare it to last year, “when 12 Years a Slave took home Best Picture, Lupita Nyong’o won Best Supporting Actress, and Steve McQueen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Barkhad Abdi garnered nods for Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.”
Lee says no one should be surprised that this year of Oscar nods isn’t like last year, since it fits a pattern.
“Anyone who thinks this year was gonna be like last year is retarded,” said Lee. “There were a lot of black folks up there with 12 Years a Slave, Steve [McQueen], Lupita [Nyong’o], Pharrell. It’s in cycles of every 10 years. Once every 10 years or so I get calls from journalists about how people are finally accepting black films. Before last year, it was the year [in 2002] with Halle Berry, Denzel [Washington], and Sidney Poitier. It’s a 10-year cycle. So I don’t start doing backflips when it happens.”