Ian McKellen apologises for Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer remarks after backlash – The Independent

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Ian McKellen apologises for Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer remarks after backlash – The Independent

Sir Ian McKellen has issued an apology after facing backlash for his remarks about Kevin Spacey and Bryan Singer who both allegedly abused underage men.

The British actor suggested that the actor and director allegedly assaulted others due to not being open about their sexuality.

He made the comments on a recent live edition of the #QueerAF podcast, but has now apologised stating his words were “clumsily expressed”.


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He said: “As part of an extended podcast recently I suggested that if closeted people were instead open about their sexuality they wouldn’t abuse others. That, of course, is wrong.

“My intention was to encourage the LGBT audience I was addressing to be proud and open about their sexuality. In doing so, my point was clumsily expressed.

“I would never, ever trivialise or condone abuse of any kind. I deeply regret my careless remarks and apologise unreservedly for any distress I caused.

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Getty

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GettySamuel L Jackson poses at a portrait session during day three of the 13th annual Dubai International Film Festival

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Getty Images

33/37 Thelma Ritter

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Getty

2/37 Pam Grier

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Miramax Films

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Getty Images

4/37 Jessica Chastain

Chastain has the aura of an Oscar winner. Somewhere down the line, surely one her roles won her an Oscar? Yet, despite nominations for The Help and Zero Dark, plus stand-out leading roles in films such as Molly’s Game, the actor still does not have a statuette.

Getty Images


5/37 James Dean

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Magnum Photos

6/37 John Goodman

The Academy members should hang their heads in shame for never nominating John Goodman, one of the finest ever character actors, for an award. Considering his brilliant performances in Raising Arizona (1987), Barton Fink (1991), The Big Lebowski (1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) – and those are just his collaborations with the Coen Brothers – he must be wondering what he has to do to be acknowledged by the Academy.

Getty Images

7/37 Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek’s career highlight, Frida, came within inches of bringing her an Oscar. Yet, it was not to be – the actor was beaten by Nicole Kidman in The Hours, and Hayak has since been ignored by the Academy.

Getty Images

8/37 Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer was one of the most popular actors working in the 1980s and 1990s, nabbing Oscar nominations for Dangerous Liaisons (1988), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) and Love Field (1992). However, as the ceremonies came and went, no victory followed.

Getty


9/37 Rosario Dawson

That Rosario Dawson has become more associated with Superheroes than awards is a tragedy. Her roles in Rent, 25th Hour and Sin City have won her praise from critics and fans alike, but there’s still not an Oscar or Golden Globe mention on her IMDB page.

Getty Images

10/37 Angela Lansbury

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Getty Images

11/37 Oscar Isaac

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Getty Images

12/37 Robin Wright

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AFP/Getty Images


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Rex Features

14/37 Joaquin Phoenix

You would be forgiven for presuming Joaquin Phoenix has an Oscar statuette somewhere at home. Yet the star of The Master, Walk the Line and Gladiator – all for which he was nominated – has no such award lying around. Instead, Phoenix will have to make do with a Golden Globe, a Grammy (for his work on the Walk the Line soundtrack) and a People’s Choice Award.

Getty

15/37 Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett has had one of the most prolific careers in Hollywood history, starring in dozens of TV shows and films. Her roles in What’s Love Got to Do with It (1993), Malcolm X (1992) and Music of the Heart (1999) won awards elsewhere – but not with the Academy.

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

16/37 Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver on the set of the original Alien film in 1979

Corbis


17/37 David Oyelowo

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Getty

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Rox/Kobal/Rex/Shutterstock

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Getty Images

20/37 Woody Harrelson

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Frederick M Brown/Getty Images


21/37 Mia Farrow

Mia Farrow may have starred in the classics Rosemary’s Baby, Broadway Danny Rose and The Purple Rose of Cairo, but not a single nomination followed. Surprising for someone who has won three Baftas and a Golden Globe.

Getty

22/37 Idris Elba

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Getty Images

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AFP/Getty Images

24/37 Scarlett Johansson

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Getty


25/37 Samuel L Jackson

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GettySamuel L Jackson poses at a portrait session during day three of the 13th annual Dubai International Film Festival

26/37 Michelle Williams

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Getty Images

27/37 Annette Bening

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Getty Images

28/37 Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas was a leading man in Hollywood’s Golden Age, his roles in Spartacus, Lust for Life and Champion inspiring a generation of actors after him. Still, the actor never won a competitive Oscar – only an honorary one in 1996, for his 50 years in the creative industry.


29/37 Irene Dunne

Irene Dunne – nominated five times – is one of the few recipients of the Kennedy Centre Honours for her service to the performing arts. Yet her performances in Cimarron (1931), Theodora Goes Wild (1936), The Awful Truth (1937), Love Affair (1939) and I Remember Mama (1948) all went unrewarded by the Academy.

Getty Images

30/37 Arthur Kennedy

One of the world’s most accomplished character actors, Arthur Kennedy was best known for his supporting roles in films such as Champion (1949), Trial (1955), Peyton Place (1957) and Some Came Running (1958), all of which won him Oscar nods. And despite a leading actor nomination in 1951 for Lights Out, Kennedy still couldn’t manage a win.

United Artists

31/37 Albert Finney

One of Britain’s premiere Shakespearean actors, Albert Finney was nominated five times across almost four decades, for Tom Jones (1963), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983), Under the Volcano (1984) and Erin Brockovich (2000).

Rex

32/37 Deborah Kerr

Six-time nominee Dame Deborah Kerr famously failed to win for the musical The King and I – losing to Ingrid Bergman in Anastasia. Thankfully, the Academy realised their error years later, awarding Kerr an honorary award and calling her “a dedicated actress whose motion picture career has always stood for perfection, discipline and elegance”.

Getty Images


33/37 Thelma Ritter

Another actor with six nominations and no wins. Even a role in 1950s All About Eve, which would win Best Picture, couldn’t push Thelma Ritter to victory. She went on to be nominated four more times that decade, for The Mating Season (1951, With a Song in My Heart (1952), Pickup on South Street (1953), and Pillow Talk (1959).

20th Century Fox

34/37 Glenn Close

Another much-nominated actor without a win, Glenn’s most recent Close shave came at the 2019 Oscars, when she was nominated for The Wife. She has previously been nominated six time, including roles in The World According to Garp (1982). Fatal Attraction (1987), and Dangerous Liaisons (1988) .

Dave M. Benett

35/37 Amy Adams

Amy Adams comes just behind Close, with six nominations (including The Fighter, The Master and American Hustle). None of those were for Arrival, the sci-fi film that saw Adams pick up Bafta, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations. Unfortunately, that same year, she was competing against herself in Nocturnal Animals, which likely split the Oscars vote.

AFP/Getty Images

36/37 Richard Burton

Richard Burton holds the record for second-most Oscar nominations without a win (seven to Peter O’Toole’s eight). While Burton’s performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is often heralded as his best, the actor lost out to Paul Scofield in A Man for All Seasons.

Getty Images


37/37 Peter O’Toole

Peter O’Toole is the Oscar’s most-nominated actor without a win, with eight nods in total. Although the actor did not take home a trophy for Lawrence of Arabia, The Lion in Winter and Goodbye, Mr Chips, O’Toole was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2002.

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“When it comes to abuse by people in positions of power, the correct response is clear.

“The accusers must be heard and the accused given the opportunity to clear their names. If the accusations prove credible, the abuser’s access to power should be removed.”


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