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02/05/2014 02:12 pm ET | Updated Feb 10, 2014

Forest Whitaker On Oscar Snub: 'There's A Number Of Other Films That Were Exceptional' (VIDEO)

For this year’s 86th annual Academy Awards , nominations have been doled out to the “12 Years A Slave” director, Steve McQueen, and cast members Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

However, perhaps one of the most talked about topics from this year’s forthcoming event are the notable films and faces that didn't receive recognition, including Oprah Winfrey’s performance in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

During an interview with HuffPost Live Tuesday, the film’s lead star, Forest Whitaker, shared his thoughts on “The Butler” being snubbed at this year’s Oscars.

“I think you can never predict things of that nature. There were a lot of amazing performances this year,” he admitted. “I felt really proud of the work that I got a chance to do with some great artists on "The Butler." But again, there’s a number of other films that were exceptional. You just celebrate everybody when they get recognized for their work."

Check out more of Forest Whitaker’s interview segment in the clip above.

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