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Lee Daniels

Oscars Can't Snub Me

'Cause I Don't Care About Awards

1/21/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Lee Daniels couldn't care less about the Oscars dissing his flick 'The Butler' because he tells us he doesn't buy into Hollywood's self-congratulatory award crap, but the thing is ... we're not sure Lee's keeping it 100.

Here's the deal ... 'Butler' came up goose eggs for Oscar noms -- nothing for Lee, Forrest Whitaker, or Oprah Winfrey -- even though critics LOVED the movie.

Daniels shrugged off the controversy at LAX ... telling us, "we don't do it for the awards, we do it for the art" -- which is either a totally chill thing to say ... or just what you HAVE to say when you get snubbed. 

Daniels does end up getting a little consolation prize in this clip.

It's better than nothing. Barely.


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Lee Daniels has done consistently good work and appears to be devoted to the art as he says. I personally have always found the Oscars and Hollywood, the media etc. to be racist on a variety of levels too numerous to mention at this point. However, the fact that the movie received high acclaim without Oscars for the actors or the director says more about the Oscars nominating committee than it does the participants in the movie. Oh, well that's the politics of the industry so anyone who stays in there and produce good work are obviously there for the art!

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