The Academy Awards have no problem honoring historical dramas, period pieces or scripts “based on a true story,” but has such admiration for these themes ever extended itself to films starring Black actors talking about “Black issues,” helmed by Black auteurs? When the 2015 nominations were announced, Selma was disappointingly absent from categories outside of Best Picture and Best […]

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Steve McQueen made history at the 86th Annual Academy Awards as the first Black director to win a Best Picture Oscar for “12 Years A Slave.”  In an industry where most directors of color are overlooked or marginalized, McQueen is changing the status quo, challenging Hollywood’s perception of black filmmakers and their artistic capabilities. MUST READ: […]

Here’s a big reality check to anyone who thought awards season was over — it never ends! The 2014 MTV Movie Awards kicked off with Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars and host Conan O’Brien at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles tonight. This year’s golden popcorn celebration — which honored blockbusters, tween flicks and categories […]

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has many of us wondering about her next major film role after “12 Years A Slave.” But, the star may have her sights on a starring role in a film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel “Americanah,” which snagged the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction this month. MUST READ: This Is What Beyonce’s […]

The 2014 Academy Awards proved to be a ground-breaking event for Black film.  Steve McQueen’s emotional picture “12 Years A Slave” made history as the first movie from a Black director to win Best picture, screenwriter John Ridley became the second Black man to win the golden trophy for “Best Adapted Screenplay” and Lupita Nyong’o became the seventh Black woman in […]

The Academy Awards was an epic night for “12 Years A Slave.” The emotional film, based on Solomon Northup’s story as a slave then a free man, snagged the “Best Picture” award at the end of the night and co-star Lupita Nyong’o snagged a “Best Supporting Actress” award, but the real lesson in the win is […]

The 86th annual Academy Awards aired last night, bringing another award season to its end. This year’s ceremony, hosted by Ellen Degeneres, brought cheerful moments like: Lupita Nyong’o’s historic win on the 75th anniversary of Hattie McDaniel’s “Best Supporting Actress” win, and awkward moments like John Ridley’s intense acceptance speech for “Best Adapted Screenplay” for […]

It was a huge night for Black film. Steve Mcqueen’s “12 Year’s A Slave” was bestowed the highest honor of the night , “Best Picture,” at the 2014 Academy Awards. We’re still speechless as the historic moment sets in! Will Smith presented the statuesque trophy to Brad Pitt and McQueen, who gleefully embraced the award […]

The 2014 Academy Awards aired (March 2) last night and newcomer Lupita Nyong’o took home their first Oscar nominations in her short career. But, it is also was a big first for Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African-American and third woman to hold the President position in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It […]

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave has done it again! The awards season favorite took home five awards at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards today, the beachside ceremony held on the eve of the Oscars in Santa Monica, Calif. each year. According to reports, the slavery drama won best feature, best screenplay, best cinematography, best […]