In an appearance on “The O’Reilly Factor” Monday, Fox host Megyn Kelly said she believed the historical film “Selma” was snubbed in the Academy Awards nomination process because director Ava DuVernay ticked off “the liberal elites in Hollywood” with her negative portrayal of Democratic President Lyndon Johnson. (RELATED: ‘Selma’ Snubbed At The Oscars, Media Blame Racism)
KELLY: I’ll tell you why the “Selma” director didn’t get nominated…they did one thing wrong, and that is that the director said every filmmaker imbues a movie with their own point of view and said originally that film was “much more slanted toward LBJ” but she didn’t want to make a movie about LBJ being a “white savior.” The problem there is that she managed to tick off the one group you cannot tick off and be nominated for an Academy Award, and that is the liberal elites in Hollywood to whom LBJ is a savior! They love him!
O’REILLY: No, I don’t think so. LBJ got besmirched with Vietnam. Look, the movie is historically wrong, “Selma.” It’s wrong.
KELLY: Correct, but LBJ was much more in favor of the Voting Rights Act than the movie portrays, but she didn’t want to portray it that way.
O’REILLY: I don’t know this woman, have to see the movie, but [“American Sniper” director Clint] Eastwood got hosed because he went up on the stage at the Republican Convention and did the empty chair. That’s why he wasn’t nominated.