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The television host defended the reasoning behind his claims, believing the two films were created for the Hollywood audience’s liking versus the general public’s.
“I’ve got a bit of a contentious theory that the two frontrunners, Birdman and Boyhood, are incredibly boring. Literally, I walked out of Birdman – couldn’t watch it,” Morgan said on the plum-colored carpet. “So my theory is it was made for people in Hollywood. It’s brilliantly made, it’s fantastic cinematography, great acting, but actually a bit of a snooze.”
If Morgan had the lucky hand in choosing Oscar winners, American Sniper, Gone Girl, Selma, The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game would surpass the two leading films in the race for best picture: “from an entertainment point of view, they, to me, rocked my boat.”
The British journalist also pointed out age and race as — what he believes are — the primary factors for the Academy’s choice in their two leading picks.
“I just hope in the end that we have an academy awards where the main winners are people that the bulk of the public really were entertained by as opposed to who the academy appreciated from an artistic, technical point of view,” Morgan said, later adding “Predominantly old white males deciding whether a movie like Selma should be well-nominated you know, to me, it was a pretty awful thing. The academy is a very old and illustrious organization and it was sort of founded in an era, which is very different to now.”
Morgan further went to the defense of Ava DuVernay‘s Selma, the Oprah Winfrey-produced film that received just two Oscar noms (best picture and best original song) for its portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“I was very upset about Selma, for example. I mean I just think the idea that Selma got so few nominations…you have to look at the makeup of the academy,” Morgan said about the noms. “So I hope that the Selma moment may be one that they change.”
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