This year’s Hollywood Film Awards ceremony featured a good handful of black winners in a variety of categories. We’s a comin’ up.
“12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen received the Hollywood Breakout Director Award, presented to him by Kanye West—who also popped the question to girlfriend Kim Kardashian that night.
“I’ve always admired Steve’s work,” said West.
McQueen was elated when he accepted what critics anticipate was the first of many awards to come.
“I’ve arrived!” he said, adding that he made 12 Years in hopes of helping reach a “reconciliation with the past in order to get a brighter future.”
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” stars Forest Whitaker, and Jane Fonda presented Daniels with the Hollywood Director Award. Daniels said he found it ironic that the word “Hollywood” was in the award name because his film was made without the support of a studio (sour grapes?).
Michael B. Jordan and David Oyelowo were recipients of the Hollywood Spotlight Award for their work in “Fruitvale Station” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” respectively.
Lastly, Angela Bassett honored breakout star Lupita Nyong’o with the New Hollywood Award for her performance in “12 Years a Slave.” Bassett showered the budding actress with praise for her work on screen calling it a “breakthrough performance that you will not soon forget.”
With tears in her eyes, Nyong’o thanked her mother, her fellow actors in the drama and director McQueen.
“Steve, I will never forget this opportunity you gave to me,” she said.
Might there be a “blackout” during the upcoming Academy Awards show? Only time will tell.