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When it comes to black Christmas movies, the list is not that long. But one of the best Christmas movies, featuring brown people, is The Preacher’s Wife. Starring everyone’s favorite singer, Whitney Houston, and favorite actor, Denzel Washington, The Preacher’s Wife was a feel good movie we wanted to see from them. And though many of us were rooting for Denzel and Whitney to at least kiss in the flick, it was still a cute, little holiday movie.
The African American Film Critics Association announced (h/t BET) its award recipients this week with Denzel Washington taking the Best Actor award for his performance in Flight. Another big winner was Sundance favorite Middle of Nowhere with that film taking the Best Actress award for Emayatzy Corinealdi, Best Independent Film, and Best Screenplay for Ava DuVernay.
Interestingly, topping the list of 10 Best Films of 2012 is Zero Dark Thirty, the new film by Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow about the Osama bin Laden killing. Middle of Nowhere comes in at number four, Django Unchained is number seven, Beasts of the Southern Wild is number eight, and Think Like a Man rounds out the list.
Middle of Nowhere hasn’t just been a critical darling. Back in October, the indie movie was taking the box office by storm, making tens of thousand of dollars on the few screens it was shown. Other movies on the top ten list, like Lincoln and Beasts of the Southern Wild, have also had the critics talking about awards they may receive as Oscar season kicks into gear.
We haven’t seen too many movies on the list just yet (Flight was very good), but we have to get it together over the next couple of months. What about you? Any favorites? (And BTW, check out this video of Middle of Nowhere‘s DuVernay and Corniealdi on 24Wired.TV.)
It’s that time of year again! What time you ask? Why, awards season of course. While most of the awards ceremonies for all of the big movies and critically acclaimed television shows of the year won’t take place until early 2013, nominations are already moving out and about for everything from the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, to as of this week, the Golden Globes. And while there were a lot of great performances by sistas and brothas of color this year, only three black people picked up nominations for their work. But then again, three is better than none.
Our main man Denzel Washington was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Flight, where he played an airline captain struggling with alcohol addiction. I actually saw this film in theaters and man…everybody did an outstanding job on the acting tip (big ups to John Goodman), but Denzel was amazing as usual. Another nominated face we love is Alfre Woodard, who picked up a nomination for her role as Ouiser in the Steel Magnolias remake for Lifetime. I was pretty surprised to hear about her receiving Golden Globe love, especially since people really didn’t talk about this TV movie like that after it aired, but nonetheless, we’re proud of her! *Also, the uber-talented Don Cheadle was nominated for his role on the show, House of Lies. I haven’t actually had the chance to check the series out on Showtime, but Cheadle never ceases to amaze me with his awesomeness. On a side note, both Woodard and Washington picked up SAG nominations for their roles in these movies as well.
But that’s about it folks. A big missing piece from the pack that we thought would have grabbed a nomination include Kerry Washington for her work in Scandal. I know the show isn’t a mainstream dream like that, but it has a strong following and Kerry is amazing on the series. Plus, for a Shonda Rhimes show, I’m a bit surprised it’s not getting the kind of love it deserves from the Golden Globes like shows like Grey’s received. It’s hard out here for these shows with black female leads…
Are you excited about these nominations? Have you seen Flight and the Steel Magnolias TV movie?*The addition of Don Cheadle’s nomination was done later.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Denzel Washington said that the best advice he has given to his aspiring actress daughter Olivia is, ‘You’re black, you’re a woman, and you’re dark-skinned at that. So you have to be a triple/quadruple threat…You gotta learn how to act. You gotta learn how to dance, sing, move onstage. That’s the only place, in my humble opinion, you really learn how to act.’
The Academy award winning actor went on to say, ‘Look at Viola Davis. That’s who you want to be. Forget about the little pretty girls; if you’re relying on that, when you hit 40, you’re out the door. You better have some chops.’
And somewhere across this planet, Viola Davis is like, “Gheez, thanks a lot Denzel!” But that’s the thing about Denzel. Even if it was meant as a back-handed slam against Davis, which I doubt it was, nobody would say anything because it is Denzel we’re talking about. He can do or say no wrong. However was he right to tell his daughter that she would have to work harder because of the color of her skin or is he just setting her for a lifetime of victimhood?
As famous parents go, you could not be as better situated than being the child of Denzel and Paulette Washington. Award winning actor, who was recently dubbed one of People Magazine’s sexiest men alive, Denzel should have the professional pull and connections needed to get Olivia at least started in a career in Hollywood. At the very least a Dark & Lovely No Lye Relaxer commercial on BET should be in her future. Or maybe not. Maybe everything we all suspected about Hollywood’s race and gender relations is true. I mean, it is no wonder that Halle Berry, Beyoncé and Alicia Keys, three women with lighter skin and more Caucasian features, top the list of the most sought after black stars. Even darker hued stars like Kim Wayans, Regina King and even super producer It-Girl Shonda Rhimes have all commented on the scarcities of black roles given to black actresses in general.
And let’s not forgot that only in Hollywood, would it seem okay for Zoe Saldana to portray Nina Simone. Not that Saldana is not a capable actress but Simone’s dark skin and African features were the essence of her public and personal identity. SO much so that she actually wrote songs about it. So slapping some dark foundation and a prosthetic nose on any ole’ black woman without concern of continuity to the subject matter, just screams of whitewashing. Maybe I’m wrong. But until we see Idris Elba or Djimon Hounsou play Jesus Christ in The Temptation of Christ Part 2, I will always have my doubts.
But this is the untold truth of what it is like living under white supremacy. And in this regard, Washington is right to prepare his children for the realities of our society. It’s the same advice that black parents have been giving their children for hundreds of years. So you want to make partner at your prestigious law firm, be prepared to work ten times harder than your white colleagues because you are black. And you want to make a name for yourself in the business world, well be prepared to compromise on a lot of your cultural identity. Want to be the next (formerly the first) black president, be prepared to eat lots of racial Isht, while baring and grinning, in the process.
At the same time, I’m sick of living and abiding by that world. I’m tired of telling our children to submit and to accept the idea that subjugation is a permanent state, in which they are powerless to change it. I would have preferred that his public message of advice for his daughter was that she was loved and supported. And that her talent and beauty is bigger than the status quo, therefore there is no need to continue to support in any capacity a system that devalues, ignores and misrepresents your image.
That’s what I would prefer him to say. But it is Denzel and he can do no wrong.
For some actors, being given the chance to star in a film is the dream of a lifetime, though some actors have had the opportunity to play a lead role in a movie and declined the offer. Here are 14 actors who were offered a lead role but said “no thanks!”
Denzel Washington may not be the sexiest man alive according to People – they gave that honor away to Channing Tatum, who is a rather worthy winner I must say — but Denzel is still one of the magazine’s honorees this year and we are quite happy about that.
Showing off just how good 57 can look, the former 1996 “Sexiest Man Alive,” said while he’s proud of the career accomplishments he’s garnered over the years, most recently the positive reviews for his film, “Flight,” there’s another success he finds just as honorable: 28 years of marriage to his wife, Pauletta Pearson.
When asked by People what’s the secret to their long marriage he said:
“Do what your wife tells you and keep your mouth shut.”
Yet another reason to love that man!
Check out the full list of 2012 sexay men on People, including last year’s handsome winner (and Zoe Saldana’s rumored boo) Bradley Cooper. The issue hits newsstands today!
In the acting world, many actors and actresses are open to taking any movie role that they are offered. However, sometimes celebs simply can’t say yes and end up turning down an acting position that they were offered. Here are 15 movie parts that were originally meant for others.
Angela Bassett could have played the role of Storm in the movie X-Men but she declined. The movie role went to Halle Berry.
The fact that Americans might be more okay with a Black Jesus than a Black President is blowing me away right now — except of course Black Jesus would just be a 2-hour cinematic illusion and Barack Obama is real, but still.
Vanity Fair and 60 Minutes recently conducted a poll of random bucket list- type questions like what’s the most annoying hand gesture, would you prefer your partner overweight or uneducated, and what is Kwaanza, and one of those inquiries was, “If you were directing a new film version of the New Testament, which actor would you cast to play Jesus?” Out of Woody Allen, Ryan Gosling, Al Pacino, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Daniel Day Lewis, the answer was overwhelmingly the only black man on the list: Denzel Washington. Crazy right?
Denzel brought in 21% of the votes, with the next answer, “none of them,” referring to the men listed, coming in second with 15% of the respondents. Still, this is pretty interesting considering we’ve never seen Jesus on a mass level without blonde hair and blue eyes except in the passion of the Christ. But at the end of the day, Denzel is pretty much the only man on earth who can say hands down, every woman in the world wants to get her hands on me at some point. That also means it could be awkward attempting not to lust over him as sweet baby Jesus should this film idea ever hit the big screen. Oh well, we can always do penance afterward.
Could you see Denzel being cast as Jesus?
Flying can be scary. So when people are 7,000 feet in the air, the last thing they want to see is a film about a frightening flight.
This could be a problem for Denzel Washington‘s new film, Flight, in which he plays an alcoholic pilot who is faced with an in-flight emergency. The movie, which cost $35 million to make, hits theaters on November 2. The studio, Paramount Pictures, has received lukewarm reception from the various airline companies about showing the film onboard during flights.
While the aviation disaster flick wouldn’t have made a ton of money from being shown in-flight, the fees airlines pay to show films does usually add up to a few million dollars. And during a time when ticket sales are down, any extra profits are good news. “According to The Wrap, summer ticket sales dropped nearly 20 million from 545 last year to 526 million summer 2012,” reports Business Insider. In fact, ticket sales have dropped $100 million over the last ten years.
Even Delta Air Lines, which helped train Washington in a cockpit simulator, might not show the film on its planes.
The film also stars Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, Bruce Greenwood, Kelly Reilly and John Goodman. It is actually based loosely on the 2000 crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, in which the pilots attempted to recover from catastrophic loss of control by flying the aircraft upside down. That crash had no survivors.
Although the airlines aren’t jumping at showing Flight, early reviews have been good, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
You know when it comes to seeing black faces in the [mainstream] arts, particularly on Broadway and on the big screen, opportunities are few and far between. And when we have a piece of work that is impeccably done, like the Broadway musical Dreamgirls, you don’t want to ruin the classic by making a terrible remake. Which is why it took a very long time to get Dreamgirls into the theaters. But it finally happened. See how it went down.