The oscar noms are in and bitch, we outchea!
Anyone who knows me knows i stan for Ava DuVernay. Aside from the fact that, as a filmmaker, her work is some of my favorite, she’s also just a gem of a human being. And even though they snubbed her with Selma back in 2013, she’s back and even mo’ black with her documentary 13th.
13th. Moonlight. Hidden Figures. Lion. Fences.
Shout out to Bradford Young. He’s the first black man nominated for the Best Cinematography category for the movie, Arrival. Personally, I’ve been a fan of his work since he linked up with Lady Ava for her second feature, Middle of Nowhere (now streaming on Netflix) and to my knowledge, he’s shot every movie that Ava’s directed since, including Selma. Other movies shot by him include Pariah, Mississippi Damned, and Mother of George. He has quite the catalog, and even if you didn’t know him by name, you’ve probably seen something touched by him.
Ava DuVernay. Mahershala Ali. Dev Patel. Lin-Manuel Miranda. Denzel Washington. Barry Jenkins. Octavia Spencer. Viola muthafuckin Davis.
Of course, time will tell if all this inclusion is a fluke, but i have to say kudos to whoever was involved in helping the academy get their shit together this year. Black folks & p.o.c. been making quality shit, it’s y’all that are late to the party. But better late than never, I suppose. So…y’know… you’re welcome.