John Ridley Says There's No Writer/Director Feud with Steve McQueen.

So are they feuding, or are they not feuding?

On Oscar night, the web was all abuzz over what was perceived to be a mutual snub involving 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen and screenwriter John Ridley. In short, if you missed it all, as John Ridley strode down the aisle to accept his Oscar, despite stopping to shake hands with, and/or hug others along the way, he walked right past McQueen, who was seated in an aisle seat, without so much as a glance, let alone a hand shake. And McQueen didn't even attempt to engage Ridley in any way. Furthermore, Ridley didn’t thank McQueen onstage when he accepted his Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar, and then McQueen seemingly returned the *snub* when he spoke on behalf of the producers of the film, after it was awarded the Best Picture Academy Award, and thanked several who worked on the film, but didn't mention Ridley at all.

According to Ridley, speaking to The New York Post from inside the Vanity Fair Oscar Party after the ceremony, there's absolutely no feud between he and McQueen. His words:

“Listen, without Steve McQueen I wouldn’t have this Oscar tonight [...] I owe a lot to the genius of Steve McQueen, and I am forever grateful to have had the chance to work with him [...] I had less than two minutes to thank everybody, and I was so caught up in the emotion of the moment when I was onstage [...] It was Steve’s wife who found Solomon Northup’s book. It was a great honor, but also a challenge because I wanted to be true to him, to turn Solomon’s eloquent words into a screenplay."

Of course, that's Ridley's story, and he's sticking to it. McQueen may or may not say the same thing whenever he's asked about it - and I'm sure someone will eventually ask him about it. So we'll see.

Read the rest @ the source.