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Hollywood’s award season, never known for civility, is roiling from a heckling incident between 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen and film critic Armond White. At the New York Film Critics Circle Awards on Monday night, White allegedly jeered McQueen as “an embarrassing doorman and garbage man” while he was presented the best director award by Harry Belafonte. In an e-mail Tuesday to 12 Years a Slave distributor Fox Searchlight, NYFCC chairman Joshua Rothkopf apologized to Fox Searchlight and McQueen for “the crass bit of heckling.” In the letter, first posted online by Deadline Hollywood, Rothkopf said he was “mortified” that it came from one of the group’s own members and pledged “disciplinary action.”

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