Nobody puts Baby, er, Robert Redford, in the corner!
The legendary actor played a little bit of the blame game as to why he wasn’t named in Thursday’s Oscar nominations. Apparently, he believes his role in the film All is Lost deserved the nom, and thinks the film’s distributor, Roadside Attractions, is reason for the snub.
"We had no campaign to help us cross over to the mainstream,” said Redford. “I don't know what they were afraid of. They didn't want to spend money or they were incapable."
Even if Redford would’ve been nominated – he has one two Oscars in the past, but neither were for acting – he would face some pretty stiff competition for the Best Actor award. The 77-year-old actor would be up against Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street,) Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club,) Christian Bale (American Hustle,) Bruce Dern (Nebraska) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave.)
Watch the nominations here:
And although Redford brought up the issue during his opening remarks at the kickoff to the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival, he maintains he’s not too upset about being passed over.
"Would it have been wonderful to be nominated?” he asked. “Of course, but I'm not disturbed by it. I'm fine.”
After Redford told the crowd he didn’t want his non-nomination to get in the way of why they were there, he went on to say that Hollywood is a business, and it is one that he respects. He also stated that films are dependent upon campaigns, and that the whole thing can get very political.
On the bright side, Redford doesn’t count this entire experience as a loss.
"The film I made with J.C. Chandor is something I'm very proud of,” he said. “It was for me a pure cinematic experience. For me as an actor, it gave me a chance to go back to my roots.”
Well at least there’s that.
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