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Well, Samuel L. Jackson Is Not a 'Manchester By the Sea' Fan...

Well, Samuel L. Jackson Is Not a 'Manchester By the Sea' Fan...

Something that you can be sure of is that Samuel L. Jackson will not be rooting for Manchester By the Sea throughout awards season this year.

It doesn’t seem like the 67-year-old Oscar-nominated actor is a fan of awards season at all and he slammed the politics of the awards during a speech at the Dubai International Film Festival.

“The politics of what happens during this time of year is very interesting in Hollywood,” Samuel said (via TheWrap). “The movies they choose to say are amazing and great, you know — ‘Manchester by the Sea, oh my god, you must see it, it’s an amazing film!’ But, ehh, I guess it is — to somebody.”

Manchester By the Sea is expecting to get a bunch of Oscar nominations, including ones for stars Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams.

Click inside to read what else Samuel L. Jackson had to say on the subject…

“It’s not an inclusive film, you know what I mean?” he continued. “And I’m sure that Moonlight will be thought of the same way. They’ll say, ‘Well, that’s a black movie. Where are the white people?’ We’ll say the same thing about Manchester by the Sea.”

Samuel also doesn’t seem to be a fan of Will Smith‘s new movie Collateral Beauty.

“There are all these ‘Oscar bait’ movies. I was looking at the trailer for this Will Smith movie the other day and I’m like, really? It’s another one of those, ‘Oh my God, life is so wonderful, take time to sniff the roses,’” he said.

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  • fromanotherplanet

    He is not lying. The Oscar machine and press anoint their “best” film before voting begins. Then it is an onslaught of “best of the film” declarations. Voters are definitely shoved into a decision before they see all other films.

  • Lee

    He’s right.

  • tom

    The problem is people giving to much credit for a club created by rich white jewish men decide.

  • HG

    Well no one can say that Mr. Jackson isn’t honest. Lol. Not sure if I will watch Manchester by the Sea, but Casey’s sexual harassment allegations have definitely decreased my interest.

  • Amber

    I’ve seen the trailer for Manchester by the Sea and I didn’t find it very interesting. I definitely think it’s the type of film that appeals to Oscar voters, and we already know #OscarsSoWhite so…

  • plez

    Haven’t seen Manchester by the Sea but I felt the same way about last year’s Oscar winner for Best Picture. It wasn’t that good a movie at all.

  • shotgunserenade85

    Someone dragged me to Manchester by the Sea last week, and I ended up loving it. Movies don’t usually stay with me after I finish watching them…but that one did. But Jackson is right in a way. I thought that Spotlight was pretty mediocre.

  • deadre

    i miss the old days when they would just release quality movies thru the year, never knowing which would be shoved down our throats for awards. now it’s crap all year and all the designated award movies in the last two months and voila. take the fun out of the whole process.

  • deadre

    oh please, just call it a rich influentalial group who control decisions and have clout . the white and jewish thing, seriously stop the racist junk.

  • deadre

    this is absolutely true…..nothing to do with gender, religion, just players who have worked hard to be players. they make the decisions even prior to the shooting. it’s really boring.

  • Amber

    Spotlight really wasn’t that good, thank you for saying that! I was very underwhelmed by Spotlight.

  • Spellbound

    What he said about the Will Smith film is quite true (Collateral Beauty). Rich (mostly jewish) men have arbitrary rules about what is to be glamourised during awards season. Remember last year’s Joy? (David o Russell, is one of the most average filmmakers ever)
    But I have to disagree about the whole “not inclusive” thing. The actors in films like Manchester By The Sea represent broad human emotions & relate with everyone, whereas films like Moonlight only represent the black experience and thus get labeled as “black films”.

  • Anne

    If you read the actual interview, he said “Manchester by the Sea is a moving and great film”. He never said he hated it. Are there black people in it? No. He also contrasted it with the movie Moonlight-to which he said, “Someone could say, where are the white people?” He’s just stating facts, not stirring up some controversy.

  • Visitor

    “actors in films like Manchester By The Sea represent broad human emotions & relate with everyone, whereas films like Moonlight only represent the black experience and thus get labeled as “black films.”

    Um what?
    The “human experience” is not limited to the white experience. Moonlight is, first and foremost, a coming of age story, about a young man with a troubled upbringing dealing with his sexuality. So, how is this not a “human experience” film, and who gets to define the human experience?

  • Spellbound

    I’m not white, not a man, nor am I american. For me personally, I’ve found that films with white men protagonists tend to be more universal, and even though I’m not any of those things, I find myself relating to those characters. And films dealing with black protagonists are very specific to the black experience. That doesn’t make them any worse or any better. Naomie Harris has been talking extensively about playing a crack-addict as a black woman and the social responsibility she thus feels. I can sympathise with that but not empathise bc it’s not universally relatable. So I’m talking about broad human experiences rather than specific ones, mate.

  • Visitor

    Part of this problem is because the white people who own Hollywood and greenlight films have a preference for “black oppression” films. They do not like films wherein blacks–or other minorities–are portrayed “normally” or without sociological issues. “Normalcy” is a white privilege. Read Zora Neale Hurston’s essay on “what white publishers won’t print.” It can be found via Google.

    Nonetheless, Moonlight is still a coming of age story, first and foremost.

  • Spellbound

    I agree. As a WoC myself, I know that every time a minority is on screen, it has to be the most accomplished/famous person’s story whereas a white lady “invents” a broom in Joy, and that’s an oscar nominated role and film. The hypocrisy is quite clear.

  • surferpl

    I just saw “Manchester by the Sea” this afternoon and I must say I didn’t find it “utterly amazing” either; I place it at about 3 1/2 stars out of 5…but what Mr. Jackson is saying is that there is not one person of color in the film — not one. That is a problem, but *my* problem with films is along the same line only slightly different; *that* picture, along with most pictures, have almost no women over 40, much less 50, unless someone is making a stereotype of that character.

  • surferpl

    “…mostly Jewish.” Oh, Jesus… Another Russian troll.

  • Spellbound

    I’m not Russian or a christian or a muslim or any other insult you wanna throw out. Statistically speaking, jews have disproportionately large amounts of wealth compared to other ethnicities and that’s some shady shit.

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  • tom

    My problem is not with the white jewish men. My problem is with the people who don’t belong in that group but still gives them all the credit in the world and want to be part of it. I can’t wait for the next round of Holocaust movies to get dozens of oscars.

  • tom

    My problem is not with the white jewish men. My problem is with the people who don’t belong in that group but still gives them all the credit in the world and want to be part of it. I can’t wait for the next round of Holocaust movies to get dozens of oscars.

  • tom

    My problem is not with the white jewish men. My problem is with the people who don’t belong in that group but still gives them all the credit in the world and want to be part of it. I can’t wait for the next round of Holocaust movies to get dozens of oscars.

  • What?

    You’re an idiot! They make the decisions even prior to the shooting? Do you know how ignorant & grossly misguided you are in what you’re saying let alone talking about? Clearly you don’t even though you think you do but that’s the ignorance of it all.

  • What?

    You’re an idiot! They make the decisions even prior to the shooting? Do you know how ignorant & grossly misguided you are in what you’re saying let alone talking about? Clearly you don’t even though you think you do but that’s the ignorance of it all.

  • What?

    You’re an idiot! They make the decisions even prior to the shooting? Do you know how ignorant & grossly misguided you are in what you’re saying let alone talking about? Clearly you don’t even though you think you do but that’s the ignorance of it all.

  • What?

    You’re an idiot! They make the decisions even prior to the shooting? Do you know how ignorant & grossly misguided you are in what you’re saying let alone talking about? Clearly you don’t even though you think you do but that’s the ignorance of it all.

  • What?

    Jackson is honest in his thoughts but also proves to be ignorantly dense & highly hypocritical. Simply put…he’s not a real intelligent person.

    As for you not seeing “Manchester By The Sea” because of Casey Affleck’s suspected harassment allegations? Which may or may not be true. That is rather a weak excuse. If you are going to not see films because of an individuals actions off screen…then I suggest you not watch films at all. Your ideology is shallow.

  • What?

    Jackson is honest in his thoughts but also proves to be ignorantly dense & highly hypocritical. Simply put…he’s not a real intelligent person.

    As for you not seeing “Manchester By The Sea” because of Casey Affleck’s suspected harassment allegations? Which may or may not be true. That is rather a weak excuse. If you are going to not see films because of an individuals actions off screen…then I suggest you not watch films at all. Your ideology is shallow.

  • Eric Benzema

    said the actor who has yet to win an oscar

  • shotgunserenade85

    Normally I would have a problem with not an ethnically diverse cast, but there is an African American woman in the Boston scene…but he goes back to his hometown..Manchester by the sea is predominantly white.

  • Thiran Uthaman

    like winning an oscar is the ultimate goal of every actor. /sarcasm

  • shotgunserenade85

    That Will Smith movie looks sooo bad to me from the trailers. I don’t know how it got such a good cast because the premise is hallmarky.

  • deadre

    sorry buddy, they get the package together and say, yup, oscar material. not everytime but a very high percentage of decisions are made this way . just is…

  • surferpl

    OK, then… If you’re going to throw shade (“…mostly Jewish.”) then prove it.Name some executives at production companies.

  • Spellbound

    I’m not american & trump is a retard who’s son in law is a jew. sooo

  • surferpl

    Being Jewish has nothing to do with anything and you’re still a troll. You know nothing and are too much a coward to self-identify. Why don’t you tell us where you’re from and then stfu and go back there.

  • surferpl

    This is such bullshit from yet ANOTHER troll. Prove what you say. Name ONE studio executive responsible for greenlighting a film.

  • surferpl

    You know what… Go fuck a camel.

  • surferpl

    Ignorant little asian man with no penis.

  • Spellbound

    ok, trigglypuff.

  • Spellbound

    I’m not asian, nor am I a man you fucktard :) I’m an atheist french girl since your jew ass is so curious :)

  • tom

    go wash your panties

  • Andrea Beyer

    He is so on point with the cheery “Oscar baiting.” It’s refreshing to see such a candid viewpoint.

  • Awesome Guy

    Well, I was in agreement with you until you mentioned “normalcy” as a white privilege and insinuated that presenting black people as normal was somehow regarded as erroneous to Hollywood. I’m tired of people on both sides race-baiting and appropriating grievous, immoral ideologies to peoples–you’re being no different from the people you claim force “white normalization” or whatever you want to call it on the people. You’re simply categorizing people and placing horribly burdens on them, as well as stereotyping.

    I’m not sure what the other person said anymore, but I’m certain that since they deleted their comments, they’re not very reverent or astute, your observations seem just as out-of-line.

    I took the liberty of reading Ms. Hurston’s essay (which, you neglected to mention, was written in 1950, where her critiques were actually accurate), and you seem to be drawing a correlation that cannot be found.

    Putting it [hopefully] more articulately, you’re drawing a free association on the matter; it’s similar to the asseveration that, “White Hollywood sees black people as inferior in some way, so black people are normally portrayed as such.”

    Have you ever considered watching a film without caring about the race of the actors or directors, and instead judging the film on its own merits? You present no empirical evidence of racism–internalized or externalized–in the film-making industry; you simply seem to be making complaints about how you THINK minorities are viewed by Hollywood. A film’s quality is derived from its direction, screenplay, acting, cinematography, sound design, frame arrangement and editing, soundtrack, etc.

    Quality doesn’t stem from people calling the producers racist…

    It stems from its ability to craft a solid narrative.

    Seriously, though, Moonlight is an awfully fantastic movie. I prefer Manchester…but it’s because of its tone, the way in which it handles its themes (of loss, guilt, and grief), the fantastic character-building and development, acting, and direction–not in any way because of race. Moonlight’s an astounding film, but I couldn’t find the drama as complex or profound; just brilliantly, intimately crafted.

    tl;dr Moonlight’s great; wtf are you talking about though?

  • Visitor

    I’m tired of people on both sides race-baiting and appropriating grievous, immoral ideologies to peoples-”

    I don’t care what you’re tired of.

    “I took the liberty of reading Ms. Hurston’s essay (which, you neglected to mention, was written in 1950, where her critiques were actually accurate), ”

    Hurston’s essay was relevant then, and it’s relevant now (hence, my recommendation of it). There’s no time limit on prejudice. The people on the receiving end of prejudice determines it.

    “Have you ever considered watching a film without caring about the race of the actors or directors, and instead judging the film on its own merits? You present no empirical evidence of racism–internalized or externalized–in the film-making industry;”

    The tone deafness and ignorance of your argument is very indicative of your whiteness. Don’t you assume what I have watched and haven’t watched. As a nonwhite person raised in a white dominant society, I as do many non-whites, have NO CHOICE put to subscribe to a white narrative. I have no choice to watch lily white films, TV shows on a daily basis. That YOU, a white man who’s well represented on screen, have no problem with the exclusion of others is….gasp…not…shocking. It’s expected.

    And to demand that I show proof of racism? Okay.

    “you simply seem to be making complaints about how you THINK minorities are viewed by Hollywood.”

    How I think minorities are viewed??? The films/roles and treatment of racialized minorities in Hollywood speak for themselves.

    “Seriously, though, Moonlight is an awfully fantastic movie. I couldn’t find the drama as complex or profound; just brilliantly, intimately crafted ”
    Once again, the tone deafness of your “argument” is astonishing….not. I guess when you’re in a position of privilege masquerading as normalcy, it’s difficult to know you’re privileged. Okay.

  • Awesome Guy

    Often you’d circumvent my points by directing ad hominems and straw man arguments…so I’ll address those first.

    You just blatantly appropriated my attitude as “white;” what sort of bizarre attack on my person and on a race is that? You do understand that what you did was a form of racism–displaying white people as tone-deaf and ignorant is the very sort of prejudice you alleged HOLLYWOOD DOES! Where do you have proof that I am caucasian, and where is my race relevant in discussing (purported) systematic injustice in film-making? I’ll be waiting to see how you prove that my argument is more convincing rhetorically and logically if I’m non-white than if I’m white.

    So that was the main ad hominem (“you don’t concede my points; therefore you’re white and your opinion is invalid”)–next is the straw man nonsense. First, you said, “And to demand that I show proof of racism?” I can’t tell if you seriously think I said to show you proof that there is racism in the world or not…. I said that you need to present to me proof that Hollywood has racism that is inherent–internalized or externalized–in its system. I posit that there is no such thing; under-representation is due to merit and choice, rather than systematic exclusion. I want you to prove that under-representation of non-whites (for example) is due to racism–stop blindly shouting out that, “There is racism!” and, “The way to stop it is to represent minorities proportionately;” this does nothing but urge strife and utterly caustic attitudes like your own.

    “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”

    “That which can be asserted without proof, can be dismissed without proof.”

    If you wish to assert that there is SYSTEMATIC RACISM in movie-making (not racial disparity, which is not intrinsically racist, or simply racist directors–which is a shaky and subjective slippery slope that can be found in all races), you must provide sufficient evidence.

    Another straw man is when you said I had no problem with the exclusion of minorities (on screen). Firstly, I’m going to have to say that Moonlight is one of my favorite dramas of all time–it’s definitely in my top ten. City of God and Beasts of No Nation are more one of my favorites (the characters are Brazilian in the former and West African in the latter…and “whites” are “under-represented” in both films). I am perfectly comfortable with watching movies that have NO major white characters in them. You do understand that Twelve Years a Slave absolutely dominated the Academy as best picture, right?

    Ah, but of course, this is when you talk about the situations minorities are in. You’ll say they’re all about slavery or drugs, or that the minorities are racial stereotypes in such movies. I’ll give you proof of movies that completely up-end that syllogism if you really want to stake your argument on that point.

    Are you suggesting that QUOTA be instated to ensure that every race is represented in filmography according to how much of the population they make up? And how is that in any way related to quality of films? 13.2% of the American population is African American; more than that have won Academy Awards for their performances since 2005. Should we reduce that, then? Throw away a good film because of the races of the people that are in it? You dilute the quality of art when you do this and insult the population for thinking racial representation matters more than direction, performance, writing, cinematography, music, editing, etc…

    You keep rubber-stamping what I’m saying without actually explaining why it’s so full of fault. I’m “tone deaf;” I’m “ignorant;” I’m in a “position of privilege masquerading as normalcy”–the latter actually made me laugh. Any proposition that claims to be unfalsifiable (that my normalcy MUST–due to race–be predisposed implicitly toward prejudice) is a proposition that must be eschewed.

    You did not once present an argument; instead of discourse, you’d prefer name-calling and vicious, vitriolic, ODIOUS pretensions masquerading under the guise of logic and truth.

    Of course, when you don’t wish to discuss opinions, you must label the other person and dismiss their argument due to the label. That ignorance of yours is extremely “white” of you, Ms./Mr./Mrs. Non-white.

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  • Mamdani

    I just watched Manchester by the Sea and I found it a bit of drudgery. It was okay. The music was over the top.
    These working man, sad repressed tales seem to be big in Hollywood.