"12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen was heckled Monday night at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards ceremony.

The Huffington Post reported controversial film critic Armond White began heckling McQueen from the back of the audience while McQueen accepted his award for Best Director. White, who ripped "12 Years A Slave" as "torture porn" in his negative review of the film for CityArts, reportedly yelled that McQueen was "an embarrassing doorman and garbage man." He also added, just for fun, "(Expletive) you. Kiss my (expletive)."

Critics ... you can't take them anywhere.

Director Steve McQueen attends the 2013 New York Film Critics Circle Awards Ceremony at The Edison Ballroom on January 6, 2014 in New York City.
Director Steve McQueen attends the 2013 New York Film Critics Circle Awards Ceremony at The Edison Ballroom on January 6, 2014 in New York City. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

McQueen accepted the award after legendary singer Harry Belafonte introduced him with a speech about the power of film, mentioning how the controversial "Birth of a Nation" caused riots against African-Americans and how "12 Years a Slave" has that same power, but for a much better use.

Despite the heckling, McQueen didn't break stride during his tearful speech. According to the Huffington Post, it was unclear whether he even heard White's remarks. Slate critic Dana Stevens, who was seated at White's table, wrote on Twitter that White and his guest were "drunk and heckling at a lesser level the whole time."

Critics ... you can't take them anywhere.


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White has a history of causing trouble at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. In 2011, he hosted the ceremony and ripped the winners he didn't agree with (which, reportedly, was pretty much all of them). Critic Lisa Schwarzbaum scolded White for being unprofessional, which prompted White to accuse Schwarzbaum and fellow critic J. Hoberman of racism.

Critics ... you can't, well, you know.

At last year's NYFCC Awards, White shouted an expletive at Michael Moore, who was presenting an award to the AIDS documentary, "How to Survive A Plague."

There were plenty of moments during the show that weren't so uncomfortable. Glenn Close honored Robert Redford (who won Best Actor for "All Is Lost"). Sally Hawkins introduced Cate Blanchett (who won Best Actress for "Blue Jasmine"), and Bradley Cooper accepted Jennifer Lawrence's trophy for Best Supporting Actress (for "American Hustle").

Other winners included "Fruitvale Station's" Ryan Coogler for Best First Time Director and "The Wind Rises" for Best Animated Film. David O. Russell's "American Hustle" was named Best Picture.

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