facebook
twitter
search
search

Academy members admit to voting for '12 Years a Slave' without watching it

The two members who voted for the film without watching it said they felt "obligated to so" because of the film's "social relevance."
By Veronica Linares Contact the Author   |   March 7, 2014 at 4:40 PM
1 of 2
| License Photo

LOS ANGELES, March 7 (UPI) -- Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave took home the biggest prize of the night during the 86th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, but at least a couple of members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have come forward to admit they voted for the film without watching it.

There was a lot of controversy during awards season over the historical drama's ability to garner enough votes to win Best Motion Picture whether it deserved to or not. In fact, the film's distributor even based its campaign around the phrase "It's time," which, according to the L.A. Times, could be interpreted as a way to "exhort members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences into voting for the movie because it was the right thing to do."

Even Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres addressed the issue in her opening monologue joking that: "Possibility No. 1, '12 Years a Slave' wins best picture. Possibility No. 2, you're all racists."

In the end, 12 years did end up winning Best Picture, but not because all voters chose the film over all other nominees.

"Two Oscar voters privately admitted that they didn't see 12 Years a Slave, thinking it would be upsetting. But they said they voted for it anyway because, given the film's social relevance, they felt obligated to do so," the L.A. Times wrote.

According to Brenda Stevenson, an African American history teacher at UCLA, the win did serve a greater purpose in the end.

"I think the African American community is glad the film was chosen as best picture because that is a validation of African American history and the pain and suffering within that history, and the survival of that history," she said.

[LA Times]

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Tiger Woods denies affair with Amanda Boyd
Maci Bookout shares first photos of daughter Jayde
Brandi Glanville slams 'Real Housewives' co-stars
'Deadpool' with Ryan Reynolds to be 'hard R' film
Katherine Heigl, Alexis Bledel marry in 'Jenny's Wedding' trailer