*“12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley is downplaying his reported feud with the film’s director Steve McQueen over writing credits.
New York Post’s Page Six caught up with Ridley at the Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty and asked him about not thanking McQueen during his acceptance speech. He suggested it was just an oversight.
“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,” said Ridley.
He added, “Listen, without Steve McQueen I wouldn’t have this Oscar tonight. I owe a lot to the genius of Steve McQueen, and I am forever grateful to have had the chance to work with him.
“It was Steve’s wife who found Solomon Northup’s book (which inspired the film). It was a great honor (to work on the movie), but also a challenge because I wanted to be true to him, to turn Solomon’s eloquent words into a screenplay.”