John Ridley Denies Steve McQueen Feud, Explains Why He Didn’t Mention Director At The Oscars

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John Ridley, now an Oscar winner for his “12 Years a Slave” screenplay, joined HuffPost Live from SXSW on March 9 to chat about his upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic “All Is By My Side,” his upcoming pilot for ABC and, of course, the film that recently snatched up the Oscar for Best Picture.

During the conversation, Ridley addressed rumors of a feud between himself and “12 Years” director Steve McQueen, which proliferated after Ridley neglected to thank McQueen in his Academy Award acceptance speech. Reports claimed the two disagreed over the credit for the “12 Years” screenplay.

Ridley explained to HuffPost Live’s Roy Sekoff that the ultimate reason he left out McQueen at the Oscars was timing.

“You got 30 seconds. Half of that was going to my wife,” Ridley said. “Whatever time I had more was going to Solomon [Northup, the author of the memoir on which the film is based] and praising him. And then I wanted to make sure — you get in your parents, your mom, your dad — you never thank them — my two sisters, my kids.”

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