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Steve McQueen: 'The Oscars were not important to me'

NOT IMPORTANT: Film director Steve McQueen has dismissed his Oscar award

12 YEARS A Slave film-maker Steve McQueen has said becoming the first black director to win a best picture Oscar was "of no consequence".

When asked about being the first black director to win the best picture Oscar the Londoner told BBC's Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young: "It's not important to me at all.

"There's nothing I don't think black people can't do so that's of no consequence to me. I mean so what?"

12 Years A Slave, the story of a free New Yorker, Solomon Northup, kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Deep South of the United States, also won Oscars for its screenplay and best supporting actress Lupita Nyong'o.

McQueen, who now lives and works in Amsterdam, also revealed that he quit film school in New York because it made everyone "the same".

He went on to say that he is not striving towards the Hollywood community. He said: "I don’t need money. If you don’t need money, you are free. You do want you want.

"The only thing they can offer you is money and if you don’t need it, there is no enticement.

The film-maker is currently working on a drama based on the lives of black Londoners that will air on BBC.

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