Craig Robinson and Reggie
Before The Academy Celebrates the Black Movie Sountrack at the Hollywood Bowl, 9/3/2014 (it was the 3rd of September...)
Review: Five things we learned from the Bowl's black movie music salute
Chuck D, left, with Flavor Flav onstage with Public Enemy at the Hollywood Bowl Wednesday night. (Craig T. Mathew / Courtesy L.A. Phil)
By GERRICK D. KENNEDY
The most revered black films aren't just beloved for all-star casts or compelling plots -- the soundtracks were just as pivotal. From “Do the Right Thing” to “Boomerang” and “Waiting to Exhale,” the music that scored these was just as lasting.
In a salute at the Hollywood Bowl on Wednesday, beloved tracks from black cinema classics such as “Shaft,” “The Bodyguard” and “Purple Rain” received an orchestral treatment. Grammy-winning musician/composer Marcus Miller and producer/director Reginald Hudlin assembled the show, which covered seven decades of soundtracks.
Clips of iconic black actors like Dorothy Dandridge, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte and Sammy Davis Jr. flashed alongside current box-office draws like Will Smith, Morgan Freeman and Jamie Foxx as the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra breezed through arrangements. Bilal, Anthony Hamilton, Public Enemy, Lalah Hathaway, Princess and En Vogue all popped up to sing and Craig Robinson served as the master of ceremonies.
Here are five things we learned from "The Academy Celebrates the Black Movie Soundtrack" on Wednesday.
1. Anthony Hamilton and Bilal are undervalued soul men. The instant ubiquity of the themes from “Shaft” or “Trouble Man” can’t be denied and the orchestra, led by Vince Mendoza, tackled them with soulful precision. But Hamilton and Bilal unpacked them both with a suave swagger that reminded us how underrated these guys are. Hamilton shined further when he turned the Quincy Jones-composed theme to “In the Heat of the Night” into a scorcher.
2. Maya Rudolph’s Princess needs a bigger stage. The “Saturday Night Live” alum’s perfected self-deprecating humor has already made her a screen star. But her music chops remain underappreciated outside of her fanbase. Her side-gig, a hilarious take on the rock cover band – Prince, if the band’s name didn’t tip you off – offered the night’s best laughs (apologies to the host). Rudolph and her bestie Gretchen Lieberum are like the boozy gals who turn the boring wedding reception into a rager. Their takes of “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Purple Rain” were a deliciously messy, crowd-pleasing riot, and an easy sell for a big-screen musical.
3. En Vogue’s still got it. The funky divas have gone through more changes than we dare try to count, but the ladies haven’t lost any of their signature sultriness. Their cover of the “Sparkle” classic “Something He Can Feel” was a stunner, even if all the original members weren’t there.
4. “Happy” is tired. We all love Pharrell William’s gleeful pop smash. It’s completely perfect and deserving of the accolades it’s received (there’s some Grammys likely coming its way too). The song is a global phenomenon, but we need a break from it. Williams' hit closed the show courtesy of the night’s performers and a slate of cute kids with bright T-shirts and an endless supply of jazz hands. For a night celebrating the black movie soundtrack, capping things off with a sluggish performance of a hit pulled from a kids' flick without a black voice in the main cast seemed odd.
5. Public Enemy can rock the Bowl. Twenty-five years after its release, Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” remains a crucial look at racial tensions within neighborhoods. But the film also birthed one of Public Enemy’s greatest records, “Fight the Power.” Seeing the politically charged anthem ring out at the Bowl as Chuck D and Flavor Flav worked the stage was a reminder of hip-hop's lasting influence. But seeing the thousands of fists waving in the air to the music was a poignant reminder that the fight is long from over.
The Black Movie Soundtrack promo
This is a promotion of the show at the Hollywood Bowl during the salute to James Brown…or was it during John Legend’s tribute to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On? In any case, we were in the house!
Reginald and Alexander in a biplane
Reginald and Alexander Hudlin prepare for a biplane flight over Martha’s Vineyard to celebrate Alexander’s 7th birthday.
Reggie And Friends At Comicon
New friends, old friends…SDCC had all the above, like this picture of Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, who I worked with on the Marvelous Color comic book art exhibition several years ago and is currently editor of the great new DMC comic book series! Edgardo and I had never met in person before but our friendship deepened even more as we joked about the supposed health benefits of pig guts in Latin and Black American cuisine!
The lovely lady in the middle is Marjorie Liu: writer on Astonishing X Men, attorney, novelist and teacher at MIT!
Together the three of us form a rainbow coalition of kickassery!
My man Edgardo and me with DMC, one of the founding fathers of hip hop, promoting his new comic book series. Darryl is a really nice guy, and we have a very animated conversation that amused the crowd that was patiently waiting on his autograph.
If Fellini had stuck to cartooning instead of becoming the cinematic master of neo-realism and surrealism…he would be the Hernandez Brothers. Each so talented and unique (even from each other) as writers and artists. I can’t believe they finally won their first Eisner after decades of great work.
Bucket list: Jim Steranko was a huge influence on me as a young man. His innovative art and writing in Captain America and Nick Fury: Agent of Shield ushered in a new generation of storytelling in the late 1960s. He would combine Orson Welles, Salvador Dali and 60s psychedelica to radically reinvent the medium. His two-part HISTORY OF COMICS was hugely impactful to me both in its thorough layout of the golden age of comics and as an artist who was also a historian. Jim was an escape artist in his younger days, and after comics, helped design INDIANA JONES!
Jim’s recent reappearance in the public eye (especially his hilarious Bob Kane story on twitter) has been a treat to fans. It was a pleasure to finally meet him and thank him for his contributions.
The man to the left taking the picture is storyboardist and all around great guy Warren Drummond with his son, Josh.
Here I am with Milestone co-founder Denys Cowan and Sergio Aragones, he of the great little cartoons in the margins of MAD magazine and the long running Groo comic. Sergio is one of the all time great ladies men. While Denys was telling me about how Sergio could stare at a beautiful woman walking toward him down the street and seduce her by the time they were face to face, a lovely young woman walked up to him and started a flirty conversation.
I was lucky enough to work with brilliant artist Ken Lashley at the end of my Black Panther run, but hope to collaborate with him next year as well. Here he is with his two daughters and Kevin Grevioux, scientist, actor and creator of the UNDERWORLD franchise. I had a better picture of Kevin, but Ken’s expression was good I went with this one. Sorry Kev.
There was also a Milestone panel this year, which focused on the legacy of Afro Futurism (expressed over the decades through artists like Sun Ra, George Clinton, The Wu Tang Clan and Janelle Monae) as well as the history and future of Milestone comics and the curious origin of the Black Panther animated series.
Host Phil LaMarr kept it peppy and lively, while panelists Selwyn Hines (VOODOO CHILE) and Milestone founders Denys Cowan and Michael Davis took turns rocking the mike. I did what I do.
John Sempter is a legendary writer who has worked on the Spider Man, Hulk, Static Shock and Ghostbusters animated series, as well as the Kid and Play movie I didn’t make - Class Act. John himself is also a Class Act!
Bill Seinkowicz and Denys Cowan – legendary artists, great guys, despite Denys’ sinister expression…have teamed up on my new book! I can’t wait till you see it next year! Their collaboration is seamless!
HEF stalwart Sam Wilson represents to the fullest at all times. Thanks for introducing me to Magarie Liu! You, Keith Kopinski and Joe Thomas Jr. hold it down at all times!
Even hardware stores in downtown San Diego are getting in on the act with namesake Milestone characters. Best Comicon ever for me. Can’t wait till next year.
Reggie At San Diego Comicon 2014
Comic-Con 2014: Quentin Tarantino on the Django-Zorro crossover
Director joins panel Q&A on Dynamite's comic-book sequel to his western – and confirms next project The Hateful Eight
Emma-Lee Moss, theguardian.com, Sunday 27 July 2014 20.42 EDT
The publishing imprint Dynamite Entertainment, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, will publish the first non-film sequel to a Quentin Tarantino movie in November, with a comic book featuring Django Unchained's Django alongside Zorro, the long-running character from the Dynamite universe.
Senior figures from Dynamite gathered at Comic-Con in San Diego, California, to discuss the Django/Zorro crossover and premiere its artwork, along with its writer, Matt Wagner, Django Unchained's producer, Reginald Hudlin, and Tarantino, who was the main draw for most.
The panel discussed the genesis of the idea briefly, then opened the floor to questions – mostly from Tarantino fans but with a fair number expressing a particular interest in the crossover and the Dynamite stable as a whole.
Tarantino, using the word "mate" enough to come a across a little pirate-like, was friendly and conversational, dropping hints about future projects, and at one point offering encouragement to a filmmaker fan. He also confirmed that The Hateful Eight, a forthcoming film whose future was in doubt after a script leak, was going ahead.
Here's the Q&A as it happened:
Who approached who about doing this collaboration?
Reginald Hudlin: Nick [Barrucci of Dynamite Entertainment] and I have been friends for a long time and as Django Unchained was about to come out, before it had even premiered, Nick called me up and said: "I've got an idea: Django meets Zorro." So me and Quentin had dinner and I told him the idea, and Quentin said…
Quentin Tarantino: I loved the idea. One of the things that I liked so much, I grew up reading western comics and entertainment in general, whether it was the Zorro comics, or the Disney show, or Zorro's Fighting Legend. What I thought was such a great idea was taking the most famous fictional Mexican western hero, and putting him together with one of the most famous black western heroes.
RH: They both have O at the end of their name. He said: "Black and brown fight together." What i like about Quentin is we have the same political agenda.
Zorro has met other people in the Dynamite universe, he's met the Shadow, the Lone Ranger. How is this going to differ? How will you be blending the two atmospheres?
Matt Wagner: They are both opposed to oppression. Django's approach is a little more personal, a little more deadly. Django is civil war era, and Zorro comes into prime in 1815, so i thought maybe we'll have a new incarnation. But Quentin shot it down, he said: "No, it has to be old. It has to be your Zorro," and that instantly worked for me. Quentin brought up that after years and year of posing as the fop Don Diego de la Vega, he has kind of become that character. He's become fastidious and old and he likes cucumber sandwiches…
QT: he's dedicated to teatime. And his prairie perfumes. But don't get us wrong – he puts on his costume and kicks ass.
What did Jamie Foxx think about Zorro and Django meeting up?
QT: I bumped into him a few months ago and he thought it was a fantastic idea. He was like: "Can we make a movie of this? I'm their man. Let's get Antonio. Let's do this."
Do you have any hand in drawing? I know you're not a stranger to animation.
QT: Twenty years ago when I was going around the world on movie promo – I was never able to draw when I was younger – but a friend of mine is a sketch artist, and he sort of taught me. When I was going promoting Reservoir Dogs, I started getting into it. I'm only good at drawing caricatures of myself. Like if I was in England, I'd be me and a bobby, or in Scotland it would be me and Nessy. Then it kind of went away.
When does this sequel take place?
QT: They're both older.
MW: We're just on the cusp of the civil war. One thing we can reveal is that Django's not with Brunhilda. He blew up a whole plantation of white people, so he's had to separate himself from her for her own safety.
QT: He dropped her off in Philadelphia and she's working for the abolitionists. she's telling her story to make money.
RH: That was a very real business – people doing lecture tours to make money for the movement. She would have been the perfect poster girl.
QT: Meanwhile, Django is still a bounty hunter.
What is your favourite scene in a movie of yours?
QT: I actually think the best scenes I ever wrote are the Hans Landa and the French farmer scene in Inglorious Basterds, and in the first script I ever wrote, True Romance, the whole "Sicilian" scene between Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken. I like all the stuff I'd done after that but I knew I'd never topped that scene. When I wrote the scene in Inglorious Basterds, I thought "I finally matched it". What was weird, once I wrote that I couldn't write the rest of the story. I had to put it away, but I knew I had to finish it because it was too good a scene to go to waste.
In regards to the Tupac song in Django, are you a big Tupac fan?
QT: Yes, i am, and he was a fan of mine. I remember him and Snoop Dogg were doing a movie company and they did a press conference announcing this and said: "We're getting Quentin Tarantino to do a movie for us." When we approached Tupac's mom she said: "Yeah, he loved Quentin Tarantino's movies, he would be happy as a clam to be in it." In choosing the song, what happened when we met the record company is they put an unreleased song on the sampler, and we called and said: "Can we use that?" and they said: "If you make the deal with us you can, and if his mom says OK."
Reggie, as editor on these comics, are you trying to hold anything back?
RH: My job on the Django movie was actually to make it more crazy. I would go on set and say things like "Django doesn't look tired enough," "That fire's getting low – let's get some kerosene." With the comic books, I'm "editing" 'cos there's no producer credit on comics. We knew this would be an adaptation that was unique, so we just had fun. And I told him: we should not stop here, I love it, you love it, let's keep playing.
I was at the reading for The Hateful Eight. It would make me so happy if can you confirm if you are going to be doing it?
QT: Yes, we are going to be doing The Hateful Eight [audience member pretends to collapse]. All for you. We weren't sure about it but I just decided just now.
Are we ever going to see you direct a sci-fi or fantasy film?
QT: If you had asked me a few years ago I would have said: "Nah, not really, I don't know." But i have a little idea right now. It's a little flower, you know, like a bean sprout, but those tend to grow into stalks. So this is the first time I'll be able to say "maybe". It won't be a spaceship sci-fi, it'll be Earthbound.
Would you ever take on an existing franchise?
QT: A series that I would like to put a spin on is the Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I want to take it from the pod people's perspective, so you're actually rooting for the pod people. I don't think they're so bad.
Is Dr Schultz going to make an appearance in the comic?
QT: I actually wrote this one scene, another Schultz arriving in a new town and talking his way out, that I couldn't put in the finished script, but I always liked it, so when I was talking to Matt I said: "Why don't we just take this whole scene how I wrote it, and stick it in whole like a flashback?' There's also a whole chapter that Brunhilda had, that didn't make it in the film as it broke up Django's story. People have this problem with Brunhilda as a damsel in distress, but I say she is. She is the princess in an evil castle, held by an evil kind. And Django is a knight. Brunhilda is a black woman who he loved so much that even when he is extricated from this terrible situation he still goes further than hell to save her. And people need to see that, girls need to see that, boys need to see that.
MW: I don't see her as helpless at all. In that final silhouette, you see her pick up his gun and prop it on her shoulder. And that's not helpless.
QT: No, she's not at all. When he finds her, she is being punished for trying to escape. And at the end of the film you know that the story is far from over, they still have to escape the south. But now you know he meets up with Zorro, so they make it out.
Have you noticed that Django now shares the Dynamite universe with Shaft?
QT: Yes, I expect to see a comic in the future where he talks about great-great-great-grandmother Brunhilda.
Matt Wagner, Quentin Tarantino, me, Nick Barrucci and Joseph Rybandt right after the SDCC Django/Zorro panel.
Murder In The First Smiles
Me and fellow director Allison Anders on the set of MURDER IN THE FIRST
James Cromwell and I on the set of MURDER IN THE FIRST
Black Movie Music At The Hollywood Bowl
Coming Wed, September 3rd
Marcus Miller and I have been working together since I asked him to score the original HOUSE PARTY back in 1989. From BOOMERANG to the pilot of EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS, we had a lot of success together.
Our latest collaboration is BLACK MOVIE MUSIC, a celebration of black music in the movies from STORMY WEATHER through SHAFT, SUPERFLY, PURPLE RAIN all the way through to HAPPY! The music will feature the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Marcus Miller and an all-star band, and all kinds of guest stars and cool video clips from your favorite movies. Here’s a video I did to give to give you a feel for the event:
This has nothing to do with my concert but here’s recent footage of Marcus Miller in Morocco jamming with Moustapha Baqbou at Festival Gnaoua et Musiques du Monde.
Murder In The First
My first experience as a freelance director (as opposed to directing material I developed) came from me meeting Steven Bochco at a birthday party of a mutual friend. I introduced myself and asked him why, in his expert opinion, haven’t black dramas succeeded on television. He said funny you should ask that since he was doing a black medical drama that fall and by asking I had just volunteered myself to work on the project.
The show was CITY OF ANGELS and the cast included Blair Underwood, Vivica Fox, Hill Harper, Maya Rudolph (great in a dramatic role), Viola Davis, Octavia Spenser, a young actress named Gabrielle Union,….I even got to work with Ossie Davis in a guest appearance.
As the creator of the modern television drama with shows like HILL STREET BLUES, LA LAW, NYPD BLUE and many more, Bochco runs a tight ship but it’s a fun cruise. Working there taught me television and I use those lessons everyday.
Steven and I became friends and we would hang out personally. When my then girlfriend would leave the table at dinner, he would grab my arm and tell me I was an idiot if I didn’t marry that girl right away. Two kids and over a decade later, he was very right.
I know it doesn’t look like it but we’re actually having fun together in this shot!
I’ve been lucky enough to work with Steven on several shows, but the MURDER IN THE FIRST experience was exceptional. It was old home week with some of the best crew people in the business who are always there for Steven, and an amazing cast including the very quick witted Taye Diggs; the awe-inspiring James Cromwell, who delivers two page monologues with the greatest of ease; and Tom Felton who is as nice in person as he is awful as his character. The entire cast was spectacular and we spent a lot of time pitching each other ideas for season two.
Me and Taye Diggs on the set of MURDER IN THE FIRST. Boy, that guy is handsome!
Me and Tom Fenton on the set of MURDER IN THE FIRST. Magical.
The show debuted to great ratings; I directed episode six. Check it out.
Alias Smith & Leroi Podcast 112: Reggie Hudlin
Reggie Hudlin is like Visa. He’s everywhere you wanna be. Movies. TV. Comic Books. The Executive suite. P-Funk bbq. (We don’t know if he’s actually been to a P-Funk bbq, but it’s not unlikely.) He’s a director, a writer, a producer, a suit, and a fan of everything he does. From the Oscar’s to Comic-Con, from East St. Louis to the East End, he’s there. He has the unique ability to move through the world with just enough of a handle on things to get a grip on them, wrestle them to the ground, declare victory, and keep it moving. He be winning. You wanna know why we call him “Right Room Reggie”?
Quentin Tarantino, Reggie Hudlin, Matt Wagner Team Up for 'Django/Zorro' Cross-Over Event of the Year
by Tambay A. Obenson
In what is maybe a most unexpected, although intriguing pairing, a Django/Zorro comic book is on its way to an on- or offline bookstore near you, courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment and DC Entertainment, as well as Quentin Tarantino, Matt Wagner, and Reginald Hudlin.
This will serve as a sequel to the film "Django Unchained," which will see our cowboy with the fast draw meet the legendary Zorro, in a story written by "co-plotted" (as the press release reads) by Tarantino, and will be co-plotted and written by Matt Wagner ("Mage," "Grendel," "The Shadow, Zorro"), while Reginald Hudlin (producer of "Django Unchained" the film), will work closely with Tarantino and Wagner as editor.
"I'm very very excited about both this story and the opportunity to work with Matt. It was reading his Zorro stories that convinced me what a good idea it was to join these two icons together. And the story idea we came up with is thrilling, and I think will be an exciting new chapter for both characters," says Tarantino.
Adds Wagner, "This project is an absolute thrill! When Quentin and I first met, it felt like we'd known each other for years. The give-and-take energy of our initial story sessions was just incredible! It's a particular buzz to be writing Zorro once again…and especially to team him up with the magnetic lead character from Quentin's most straight-up heroic movie, Django Unchained! The Wild West is never gonna be the same once these two come to town!"
"This series is the first time Quentin Tarantino explored the continuing adventures of one of the characters from his films," says Reggie Hudlin. "That he would do it in a comic book demonstrates his love and appreciation of the medium. Quentin is not just a comic collector - he's got a spinner rack in his house!"
What Dynamite CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci is calling "THE Cross-Over event of the year," is scheduled for a late 2014 release.
The Academy Of Motion Pictures & The Hollywood Bowl Salute To Black Movie Soundtrack!
I am a proud member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences…the folks who do the Oscars, and much more. Last year they told me they wanted me to be more involved in the organization, and I told them I wanted to be more involved.
If you’ve never been to movie music night at the Hollywood Bowl, my favorite music venue, it’s a treat. The only way I could think of making it better was to put on a night of BLACK MOVIE MUSIC featuring a hundred years of the best music ever – from Stormy Weather to Shaft to Purple Rain to Happy!
Music will be by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, my main man Marcus Miller and an all-star band, and bunch of special guest stars!
The Django Unchained graphic novel is nominated for an Eisner Award!
DC/Vertigo received 10 nominations (two shared), including a nod for Best Adaptation From Another Medium for “Django Unchained,” which was adapted by director Quentin Tarantino, Reginald Hudlin and R.M Guera (among others).
“I am as proud of my Eisner nomination as I was of my Oscar nomination,” Hudlin tells Comic Riffs. “I am so grateful to [DC Entertainment co-publisher] Jim Lee and everyone at DC Comics, the amazing team of artists who drew the book, and most of all, Quentin Tarantino, whose brilliant screenplay made all of this happen.
“This is an innovative book in that no one I know of had ever adapted the original script of a movie, including scenes cut out of the finished film, and scenes never even shot,” Hudlin continues. “That was Quentin’s idea, and it makes for an unique experience for the reader.”
To purchase an autographed copy of the DJANGO UNCHAINED graphic novel, go towww.reggiesworld.com!
NAACP Image Awards Red Carpet
A Great Day In Beverly Hillsâ€¦And I Was There!
Oscars: 34 Legendary Producers Gather for THR's Once-in-a-Lifetime Class Photo
by Stacey Wilson, Scott Feinberg, Carrie Smith, The Hollywood Reporter
Winners and nominees -- past and present -- assembled at the Beverly Hills home of Robert Evans on Feb. 19 for The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive photo shoot.
This story first appeared in the March 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
THR deputy photo editor Carrie Smith, senior editor Stacey Wilson and awards analyst Scott Feinberg managed to convince 34 Oscar-winning and -nominated producers of 48 movies to assemble at Evans' Woodland estate in Beverly Hills. "We decided to aim big and gather a cross-section of generations," says Feinberg.
Quincy Jones (The Color Purple) arrived fashionably late to a hero's welcome; Gibson wore the same shirt as Jon Landau (Titanic), who quipped, "Did you bring another shirt?" The shoot also reunited Fred Roos (The Godfather Part II) and Michael Phillips (The Sting) after 40 years.
"Knowing that we were among some of the greatest personalities in the history of cinema was amazing," says Wilson.
Academy Award-winning and nominated producers of 48 films in the running for best picture gathered at the Beverly Hills home of Robert Evans for a class photo. Click the photo to take a look inside the once-in-a-lifetime moments.
Who's Who and Their Oscar History
NAACP Image Awards Winners Smiling
NAACP Image Awards: The Winners
By Aaron Couch, Arlene Washington, The Hollywood Reporter
"12 Years a Slave" wins for motion picture, while Lupita Nyong'o, Kerry Washington and "Scandal" also take home honors.
12 Years a Slave took top honors at the 45th annual NAACP Image Awards, where Kevin Hart was named entertainer of the year.
Lupita Nyong'o took home the first honor of the telecast for her work in 12 Years a Slave. Steve McQueen won top directing honors and John Ridley took home writing honors for the slavery drama. Nyong'o praised Oprah Winfrey, whom she beat out for the supporting actress award, calling it "a deep, deep honor to be holding this trophy."
Angela Bassett took outstanding motion picture actress for Black Nativity, and Forest Whitaker won outstanding motion picture actor for Lee Daniels' The Butler.
"I have so much admiration for the NAACP and what they've done, what they've accomplished and how they've changed this planet," an emotional Whitaker told The Hollywood Reporter after his win.
On the television side, LL Cool J won outstanding actor in a drama series for CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles and Kerry Washington won outstanding drama series actress for ABC's Scandal, which also took outstanding drama series. BET's Real Husbands of Hollywood won outstanding comedy series, with the show's Kevin Hart winning acting honors.
Winfrey delivered a heartfelt tribute to late South African President Nelson Mandela midway through the ceremony.
"He was everything we have all have heard and more. He was humble and he was unscathed by any kind of bitterness after all that we know he's been through," Winfrey said. Her remarks were followed by a musical tribute by Stevie Wonder.
David Oyelowo, who won a supporting actor award for The Butler, said this year's field of African-American centered films was incredibly strong.
"To have films like The Butler, 12 Years a Slave, Fruitvale Station and Mandela -- all that have black protagonists with no white savior character holding their hand through the movie is a huge stride forward," he told THR.
Ahead of the ceremony, Fruitvale Station took the indie film honor. Beyonce took outstanding female artist, while John Legend won outstanding male artist. Idris Elba was honored for his work in BBC America's Luther.
Anthony Anderson hosted the ceremony, which aired live on TV One.
TV One Premiere Of 45th NAACP Image Awards Is Most-Watched Programming Event In Network History
By Tambay A. Obenson, Shadow and Act
TV One announced today that the 45th NAACP Image Awards is the most watched programming event in the history of the network! Obviously, it was a worthwhile pickup!
The production team also included producer Byron Phillips, director Tony McCuin and talent producers Suzanne Bender and Stephanie Sacco.
“As TV One marks its 10th anniversary in 2014, we can’t think of a better celebration than the viewer response to our premiere airing of the NAACP Image Awards,” remarked Alfred Liggins, President and CEO of TV One. “We are pleased to have delivered such an entertaining programming event that clearly resonated with our viewers and was a great inauguration of our new partnership with the NAACP.”
NAACP Image Awards Ratings Highlights:
Anthony Anderson on The Queen Latifah Show
NAACP Image Awards: Kevin Hart Named Entertainer of the Year, â€™12 Yearsâ€™ Best Pic
Shalini Dore, Variety.com
Kevin Hart was named Entertainer of the Year while “12 Years a Slave” racked up another four awards including for motion picture at the NAACP Image Awards, which were held Saturday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
Hart said he was a “real mama’s boy” and dedicated his prize to his mother, who recently passed away.
Helmer Steve McQueen and writer John Ridley won kudos for “12 Years” during a non-televised portion of the show Friday, while supporting actress Lupita Nyong’o said she was honored to win for a film ”that has inspired discourse long overdue.”
Forest Whitaker and David Oyelowo were honored for their roles in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and Angela Bassett won the lead actress prize for “Black Nativity.” Whitaker was also honored with the NAACP Chairman’s Award. “I’m one of those with a funny accent and an African name,” Oyelowo referencing emcee Anthony Anderson’s earlier jokes about Brit actors with their accents and African names in his speech who cross the Pond to grab roles in Hollywood.
Meanwhile, Whitaker quoted a song from Nat King Cole, “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is to love and be loved.”
On the television side, Hart and his BET show “Real Husbands of Hollywood” were honored for comedy, while Kerry Washington, Joe Morton and ABC’s “Scandal” picked up three awards for drama. Since showrunner Shonda Rhimes was unable to attend, Washington accepted the “Scandal” award. In her own acceptance speech, Washington said, “The historic nature of this role is due not to lack of talent, but lack of opportunity.”
The NAACP Image Awards were broadcast live on TV One and hosted by Anthony Anderson. Academy prexy Cheryl Boone Isaacs and DGA prexy Paris Barclay were inducted into the Image Awards Hall of Fame. Both are the first African-American presidents of their respective organizations. Barclay referenced his upbringing saying, “I’m the first in a long line of factory workers.”
Boone Isaacs said the Acad invited more women and minority this year than it ever has. “We still have a lot of work to do. I look forward to it,” she said to applause.
Winfrey gave a moving speech about meeting Mandela and wondering what she would say to him. “Why don’t you listen,” was the advice she was given. “What can I take to Nelson Mandela, I can’t take a candle,” she added. “So I built a school in his name.”
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