Boots Riley Reacts To 'Sorry To Bother You' Not Being Nominated For An Oscar

The rapper/director shares his thoughts on the film industry.

(AllHipHop News) Yesterday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominations for the 91st Academy Awards. Movies such as Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, and A Star Is Born were selected for the Best Picture category.

Some cinephiles were shocked to learn that Boots Riley's sci-fi/dramedy Sorry To Bother You was completely shut out. The Coup member took to Twitter to explain why he believes his directorial debut film didn't get recognized by the Academy.

Riley tweeted:

There are tons of ppl making statements this morning about what Sorry To Bother You not getting nominated says about the Academy and the film industry that I think are misconceptions that may affect what kinds of movies filmmakers think are possible to get made. So I want to make a few things clear. I think that most of the film industry want to see something new and that there is a large percentage of the film industry that actually agrees with what I'm saying in STBY. Separate from that from my conversations and other people reporting their knowledge to me, there are a lot of people in the Academy who liked STBY a lot. Obviously, with any movie that takes chances there are also folks who hated it. That's to be expected. But the largest factor as to why we didn't get nominated is that we didn't actually run a campaign that aimed to get a nomination for Screenplay or Song. We didn't buy For Your Consideration ads in the trade magazines and we didn't service the whole academy with screeners. Without that, its perceived that you don't have a chance, or enough buzz. Academy members dont just vote for a thing they like if they think it doesn't have a chance. It's like that with most voting. That is not to say that we would have gotten a nomination if we had done that because at that point it becomes about which of the contenders they like the most- it's just that not doing that made it a self-fulfilling prophecy that we wouldn't get nominated. So I had no actual belief that we would get nominated. I just enjoy the parties, free drinks, & hanging out with really talented filmmakers that inspire me- many of them who got nominated. & the campaign that we did do- press runs, red carpet stuff- got a lot more ppl 2 see the movie. That's, 4 me, the big attraction to any film award.

Upon its wide theatrical release in July 2018, Sorry to Bother You gained positive feedback from professional film critics. The flick has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 80/100 score on Metacritic.

Riley's artistic analysis of capitalism and race relations in America made $17 million at the domestic box office against a reported $3.2 million production budget. Sorry to Bother You stars Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Steven Yeun, Armie Hammer, David Cross, Lily James, and Patton Oswalt.

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