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[on the Academy Awards 2016 controversy] Hopefully, when people look back at [the 2016 Oscars] in 20 years, it'll be like seeing that David Bowie
clip in 1983. [referring to an unearthed clip that went viral of the late singer chiding MTV for its lack of diversity more than 20 years ago] Forgive me; I'm hoping in 12 months or so we can look back and say this was a watershed moment, and thank God ...
During exceptionally difficult scenes to watch, he says he uses a background distraction. For example, in 12 Years a Slave
(2013), there are children innocently playing in the field behind Solomon Northup who is clinging for life as he is hung up.
Shoots his films mostly with one camera.