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Exclusive: Michael Kenneth Williams On Black Films Being ‘Snubbed’



When it comes to award season, there’s been a lot of online chatter about the word “snubbed” and whether Black people are overusing it.

Last week, the nominations for the 86th Annual Academy Awards were announced and many of 2013’s Black films were not recognized. Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Fruitvale Station and Mandela were among the films shutout by the Academy, leading many people to argue that the projects had been “snubbed.”

While on the red carpet for the 20th Annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, HipHollywood caught up with Boardwalk Empire star Michael Kenneth Williams and asked thoughts on Black films not being recognized.

“I stay focused on the work and the fact that these films are being made,” Williams said when asked if the Black community is hyper-sensitive when Black films aren’t nominated. “The fact that Idris Elba made the Mandela film, the fact that we made 12 Years a Slave. The fact that Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker told the story of The Butler, that’s the most important thing. That these stories are getting out there so that the next generation can see what happened, and see what who was who, and see what their stories were.”

“It’s nice to be recognized by the awards but if not the important thing as an actor is to stay focused on the work. Enjoy what you do,” the actor explained.

What’s your take on the matter? Do you think Black Hollywood is being snubbed?

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