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Oscar voter: Selma had no art to it so we didn't vote for it

OUTSPOKEN: The anonymous voter said theSelma cast's protest was "offensive"

AN ACADEMY Award voter has slammed Selma as a movie "with no art in it," downplaying the controversy over it being racially snubbed in the best actor and best director categories.

The unnamed female Academy member, who spoke with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss her ballot, insisted that Selma receiving just two nods had nothing to do with race but with the fact that "there’s no art to it".

"First, let me say that I'm tired of all of this talk about 'snubs' — I thought for every one of [the snubs] there was a justifiable reason.

"What no one wants to say out loud is that Selma is a well-crafted movie, but there's no art to it.”

The Academy member added that “if the movie had been directed by a 60-year-old white male, I don't think that people would have been carrying on about it to the level that they were.”

The prolific award show is scheduled for this Sunday (Feb 22) and first caught media scrutiny when the list of nominees revealed that not a single black actor or actress had been listed in any of the major categories.

Despite British actor David Oyelowo’s highly acclaimed performance at Dr Martin Luther King in Selma and "brilliant" directing from Ava DuVernay, the lack of diversity spurred the trending hashtag on twitter #OscarsSoWhite.

Selma received a nomination in the Best Picture and Original Song category at this year's Academy Awards.

On the lack of diversity at this year's awards, the anonymous voter added: "And as far as the accusations about the Academy being racist? Yes, most members are white males, but they are not the cast of Deliverance — they had to get into the Academy to begin with, so they're not cretinous, snaggletoothed hillbillies.

"When a movie about black people is good, members vote for it. But if the movie isn't that good, am I supposed to vote for it just because it has black people in it?"

The voter also followed to express her frustration with the cast of Selma wearing political t-shirts in a public protest at the film's New York premiere.

"I've got to tell you, having the cast show up in T-shirts saying 'I can't breathe' — I thought that stuff was offensive.

"Did they want to be known for making the best movie of the year or for stirring up s***?"

The t-shirts were in support of New Yorker Eric Garner whose final moments were captured on video, showing him being held in an illegal chokehold by a police officer.

His last words were “I can’t breath.”

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