John Ridley: Steve McQueen ‘Snub’ at Oscars Was Unintentional

by | March 4, 2014 at 4:14 PM | Black Entertainment, Oscars

John Ridley (Photo: Getty Images/ Jason Merritt)

By The Grio (Article originally published on theGrio.com)

“12 Years a Slave” screenwriter John Ridley is clearing the air about his alleged snub of director Steve McQueen at the Academy Awards.

Ridley failed to recognize Steve McQueen when he accepted his best adapted screenplay Oscar, igniting rumors that the duo were in the midst of a dispute over credit for writing the acclaimed film.

“Listen, without Steve McQueen, I wouldn’t have this Oscar tonight,” Ridley told the New York Post at Vanity Fair’s Oscars after-party. “I owe a lot to the genius of Steve McQueen, and I am forever grateful to have had the chance to work with him.”

When asked if meant to overlook McQueen, Ridley said, “Of course not. I had less than two minutes to thank everybody, and I was so caught up in the emotion of the moment when I was onstage.”

According to industry sources, tension between the Ridley and McQueen has been brewing since the BAFTA awards in February, where the director allegedly had a heated confrontation with the screenwriter backstage.

“Ridley’s wife thought Steve was talking to her, she was upset,” a source told the Post, adding McQueen later called to apologize to Ridley.

“12 Years a Slave” took home the best picture and best supporting actress awards in addition to adapted screenplay.

Check out Ridley’s trip to the podium on Oscar night and let us know what you think? Was he throwing shade at McQueen?

John Ridley accepts his Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for “12 Years a Slave”