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Samuel L. Jackson Says Oscars Don't 'Move the Comma on Your Check'

Samuel L. Jackson Says Oscars Don't 'Move the Comma on Your Check'

Samuel L. Jackson is getting real about awards.

The 73-year-old actor got candid in an interview with The Times about receiving the Academy Honorary Award for those who have never won an Oscar.

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During the chat, he revealed he “should have won” when nominated for his role in Pulp Fiction.

“I guess Black folk usually win for doing despicable s–t on screen,” he said.

“Like Denzel [Washington] for being a horrible cop in Training Day. All the great stuff he did in uplifting roles like Malcolm X? No – we’ll give it to this motherf–ker.”

He also felt he should have been nominated for Jungle Fever.

“So maybe I should have won one,” he said, adding: “But Oscars don’t move the comma on your check — it’s about getting asses in seats, and I’ve done a good job of doing that.”

“All movies are valid,” he later clarified.

“Some go to the cinema to be moved dearly. Some like superheroes. If somebody has more butts on seats it just means your audience is not as broad. There are people who have had successful careers but nobody can recite one line of their parts. I’m the guy who says s–t that’s on a T-shirt.

“They should have an Oscar for the most popular movie. Because that’s what the business is about,” he added.

Another star is making headlines for calling an Oscar nominated movie a “piece of s–t.”

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