Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" took home the award for Best Picture at the Academy Awards that kicked off last weekend. It was clearly the frontrunner and there was no real surprise that the powerful film took home the honor. The academy has a bit of a formula when it comes to dictating their ballots for the category, which almost always include social issues, historical events and the underdogs. This formula is apparently so calculated however, that some people who voted for McQueen's picture didn't even see the film.
It was recently revealed that two Oscar voters admitted to voting for "12 Years a Slave" without actually see the picture. They allegedly felt watching the film would be too "unsettling" but that they felt "obligated" to vote for the picture due to its "social relevance".
So let's review. They didn't vote for the film because it was brilliantly done and showcased an important part of our history. They voted for it because they felt like it was the right thing to do, when it is actually quite the opposite. That is completely outrageous and unacceptable.
McQueen's film deserved all the praise and accolades it received. It was a heartbreaking and raw depiction, illuminated by incredible performances. But I think even McQueen wouldn't be too thrilled to learn that voters felt "obligated" to praise the film, opposed to really honoring the amazing piece of work it was.
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