And They Love It
Though a few theaters refused to screen the film. It was still well received all over the world. When the film was first screened at the Cannes Film Festival in France, the audience gave Singleton a 20 minute standing ovation. And that wouldn’t be the last of the accolades. That year, Singleton became the youngest director and first African American to be nominated for Best Director and Best Screenplay by the Academy. In 2002, eleven years after the film’s release, the Library of Congress hailed the film as “culturally significant” and added it to the National Film Registry. Talk about iconic.
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