James Toback Says ‘Extortion’ Led to Oscar Snub

“Tyson” director furious over Academy selection process.

Last Updated: November 20, 2009 @ 6:32 AM

“Tyson,” a critically acclaimed movie about the boxer Mike Tyson, was not among 15 feature documentaries that qualified on Wednesday for possible Oscar nominations, and James Toback, the filmmaker behind it, is fighting mad.

Pressed for details, Mr. Toback said only that he had experienced something connected with the selections process, “which I put fully in the category of extortion that I did not go along with.”

Mr. Toback added that he was “furious” at himself for “having chosen to be passive and quiet in the face of that extortion.”

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