Black or White actress Octavia Spencer says she doesn’t believe the film Selma was snubbed during this month’s Academy Award nominations. While the film was nominated for Best Picture, director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo did not receive nominations for their efforts, leading to cries that this year’s ceremony is White washed.
The 2012 Oscar-winner for Best Supporting Actress offered up her own take on the supposed scandal during a sit-down interview with HipHollywood.com. The Alabama native seems to think people maybe overreacting with all the “snub” talk. “I don’t understand what that’s about. The film was not overlooked. It received a Best Picture and a Best Song nomination. It is what it is.”
Spencer, who is currently starring alongside Kevin Costner and Anthony Mackie in Black or White, added, “I’m thrilled for everyone that has received a nomination though, it’s hard to get: trust me.” And she would know, receiving a nod from the Academy for her work in The Help.
Hear who Spencer says she’s rooting for at next month’s big show in the clip below.