On Ava DuVernay's Oscar snub for Selma: She did a really good job on ‘Selma’ but ‘Selma’ deserved an Emmy.
On controversy/black critics: [...] But when the black critics came out with savage think pieces about ‘Django,’ I couldn’t have cared less. If people don’t like my movies, they don’t like my movies, and if they don’t get it, it doesn’t matter. The bad taste that was left in my mouth had to do with this: It’s been a long time since the subject of a writer’s skin was mentioned as often as mine. You wouldn’t think the color of a writer’s skin should have any effect on the words themselves. In a lot of the more ugly pieces my motives were really brought to bear in the most negative way. It’s like I’m some supervillain coming up with this stuff.
On Inglorious Basterds losing to The Hurt Locker for 2010 Best Picture, Director, and Original Screenplay Oscar: It bugged me that Mark Boal won Best Screenplay for that movie. The Kathryn Bigelow thing — I got it. Look, it was exciting that a woman had made such a good war film, and it was the first movie about the Iraq War that said something. And it wasn’t like I lost to something dreadful. It’s not like ‘E.T.’ losing to ‘Gandhi.’
source: nytimes, thr