#OscarsBlackAF: My Thoughts on the 2017 Oscar Nominations

The 2017 Academy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday, and I was too lazy to post my thoughts on them at the time. But I’m ready to do so now. Leggo.

First, this year’s crop of nominees is clearly the most diverse Oscar has ever seen. For the first time in history, people of color have been nominated in every acting category in a single awards year. Also, Moonlight‘s Barry Jenkins scored nominations for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture — a trifecta never before achieved by a Black filmmaker.

This year’s awards are so diverse that we could honestly say #OscarsBlackAF. Continue reading “#OscarsBlackAF: My Thoughts on the 2017 Oscar Nominations”

Why I Enjoyed “Moonlight” and “La La Land,” 2016’s Best Films

The two best films of 2016 won big at Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony: Moonlight and La La Land.

I found both movies to be profoundly touching and transcendent — not to mention exhilaratingly entertaining. And both films hit me in ways that were completely surprising.

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