Robert Redford, founder and president of the Sundance Institute, addresses reporters during the opening news conference of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 in Park City, Utah. The independent film festival runs Jan. 16-26, 2014. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:20 pm
Redford OK with Oscar snub, focused on Sundance
By SANDY COHENAP Entertainment Writer
The 77-year-old actor-director-producer discussed the Academy Award nominations Thursday on the first day of the independent film festival in Park City, Utah.
Redford is the only actor in the film, playing a shipwreck survivor struggling to stay alive.
He said he loved the experience of making the movie and said it "gave me the chance as an actor to go back to my roots." The film "suffered from little to no distribution," he said, and had no campaign to help it reach mainstream audiences and Oscar voters.
"Would it have been wonderful to be nominated? Of course," Redford said. "But I'm not disturbed by it or upset by it... I was so happy to be able to do this film because it was independent."
The Sundance Film Festival continues through Jan. 26.
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