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Redford ‘not upset’ by Oscars snub

Robert Redford has responded to the news he didn’t receive a Best Actor nomination at this year’s Academy Awards.

Most media outlets voiced their dismay when the 77-year-old’s name was not called for his role in survival drama All is Lost.

But at the launch of the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival, Robert took the chance to give his thoughts on the situation.

“I don’t want that to get in the way of why we’re here,” he said. “Let me just speak frankly about how I feel about it. I think that first of all the film that I made with JC Chandor is independent so it conforms to why we’re here.”

All is Lost is a survival film about an unnamed man lost at sea.

Robert is the only cast member and the film has almost no dialogue.

The star went on to explain that he did the film to get back to his roots as an actor.

“Hollywood is what it is, it’s a business and so when these films go to be voted on, usually they’re heavily dependent on campaigns,” he said.

“In our case I think we suffered from little to no distribution. And so as a result, our distributors – I don’t know why, they didn’t want to spend the money, they were afraid, they were just incapable, I don’t know.”

Robert helped found the Sundance Film Festival in 1978.

He has been in the film industry for over 50 years and has starred in major films including The Great Gatsby, Indecent Proposal and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid but has never won an Academy Award.

“I’m not disturbed by it, I’m not upset by it because, like I said, it’s a business,” he said.

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