*The 19th-century memoir by ex-slave Solomon Northup that birthed the Oscar winning film “12 Years a Slave” jumped from No. 326 on Amazon.com before Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony to No. 19 by Monday afternoon.
The book and the movie tell of how the free-born Solomon Northup was kidnapped and sold into slavery. After receiving his Oscar for writing the screenplay, John Ridley spoke backstage about renewed interest in the book based on its awards season buzz. Listen below.
Screenwriter John Ridley attends the Oscars Governors Ball at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California
*“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.
“12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley (L) and director Steve McQueen
*The Wrap is reporting that there is definitely a screenwriting credit beef going on between “12 Years a Slave” screenwriter John Ridley and director Steve McQueen, both of whom took home Oscars on Sunday night.
During the telecast, many viewers noticed that the two didn’t give each other congratulatory hugs, or even look each other’s way when the other won. Also, neither was thanked, nor even mentioned in the other’s acceptance speech.
Well, according to The Wrap, the bitter feud started when Ridley turned down McQueen’s request for shared screenplay credit.
*OK, let’s not beat around the bush.
Is there a problem between John Ridley (pictured) who wrote the screenplay of “12 Years A Slave” and Steve McQueen, who directed it?
If not, it sure looked like it last night. First we noticed that when Ridley was making his way to the podium to accept his award for best adapted screenplay, he and McQueen did not acknowledge each other at all, although McQueen is seen giving him a rather tepid applause. In fact Ridley didn’t visibly get any serious love (hugs/handshakes) from any of cast members or the producers, either as far as we could tell. plus, we don’t know if it was emotion from winning or what, but Ridley had this strange kinda pissed off look on his face.