Oliver Stone: Hurricane Sandy is 'punishment' for Obama and Romney ignoring climate control
Oliver Stone says Hurricane Sandy is "punishment" for President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney ignoring climate control in their recent debates.
"I was a little disappointed at the third debate when neither of them talked about climate control and the nature of the situation on Earth," Stone told HuffPost Live on October 30. "I think there's kind of a weird statement coming right after, that this is a punishment - Mother Nature cannot be ignored. That's all I thought about. The storm will pass. The campaign will pass. But unfortunately, the situation will not."
The 66-year-old Oscar-winning director also promoted his new book and documentary series, "The Untold History of the United States," which will premiere on the Showtime Network and concentrates on several under-reported events in American history.
"There's this attitude that we 'deserve' to be in charge," Stone said of American exceptionalism, "I don't believe in that - We act as if we have this right of kingship - we act as tyrants."
Stone predicted that Obama would win the upcoming election and said that despite his criticisms, he had already voted early for the president's re-election.
The director has a history of speaking his mind when it comes to politics. At the 1986 Academy Awards, while accepting an Oscar for directing "Platoon," Stone said that he took the Award as a sign that the Academy acknowledged that the United States should not have gone to Vietman and that it "should never, ever in our lifetimes happen again."
Stone won his first Academy Award in 1979. It was given for Best Writing for his screenplay for the 1978 film "Midnight Express" and marked his first Oscar nomination. He won his third and latest Academy Award in 1990, given for directing the movie "Born on the Fourth of July." That film was also nominated for Best Picture.
Stone has been nominated for six Oscars for screenwriting and three for directing. His most recent nomination came in 1996, when he received a screenwriting nod for the movie "Nixon." His most recent film was "Savages," which hit theaters in June.