12 Years a Slave Director Steve McQueen Heckled at New York Film Critics Circle Awards

January 31, 2014
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12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen reportedly had his big moment at the New York Film Critics Circle awards ruined by a heckler who is said to have yelled out insults as he went up to collect his gong (award).

British director McQueen, who’s film has been hotly tipped to sweep the Oscars in March, won the Best Director award for 12 Years A Slave during the award ceremony. The filmmaker had just taken the stage following a passionate introduction from the legendary Harry Belafonte that left him in tears. As he picked up his award, critic Armond White, an editor for New York’s City Arts, shouted from his table at the back of the room: “You’re an embarrassing doorman and garbage man”. F— you. Kiss my ass” according to a Variety reporter seated next to him.

When McQueen ignored the heckle and thanked the critics group for the prestigious award, which has previously been won by John Ford and Woody Allen, White reportedly hissed “pulease”.

Controversial critic White had already made his opinion on McQueen’s all-star blockbuster known in a scathing review last month, in which he wrote:

“McQueen has made the most unpleasant American movie since William Friedkin’s 1973 The Exorcist. That’s right, 12 Years a Slave belongs to the torture porn genre with Hostel, The Human Centipede and the Saw franchise but it is being sold (and mistaken) as part of the recent spate of movies that pretend ‘a conversation about race.’ The only conversation this film inspires would contain howls of discomfort”.

The critic has a history of attacking filmmakers and actors though. Back in 2011, he hosted the New York ceremony only to round on stars likes Annette Bening and Michelle Williams while in 2012 he allegedly heckled Robert De Niro and Viola Davis as they were speaking on-stage.

*Reported by EntertainmentWise

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