Following the news that "Selma" -- the historical drama charting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s protest marches in 1965 Alabama -- was snubbed for a number of Oscar nominations, many critics blamed a lack of diversity within the Academy as the root of the problem.
Glenn Beck, however, believes the film's failure to garner nods for director Ava DuVernay and lead actor David Oyelowo actually had "nothing to do with race."
“Here’s why the Martin Luther King movie only received Best Picture and everybody is up in arms: ‘Oh, this is racism in Hollywood,’" Beck said on TheBlaze TV. "No, it's not racism, it’s progressivism. It's not racism. They have no problem with the race thing. What they have a problem with is how LBJ was portrayed in that movie. And the last thing that progressives want is for their great hero of the 1960s, LBJ, to be remembered that way.”
“That’s why that wasn’t nominated," he continued, adding that the film's Best Picture nomination alone is already "killing" progressives. "It had nothing to do with race. It had everything to do with the way they made LBJ look. Guarantee it.”
In December, The Washington Post published an op-ed by Joseph A. Califano Jr., a former top assistant to President Johnson. The piece blasted DuVernay for her negative portrayal of Johnson and called for the film to be "ruled out" during the award season.
"Bottom line is folks should interrogate history," DuVernay wrote on Twitter at the time. "Don't take my word for it or LBJ rep's word for it. Let it come alive for yourself."