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5 items from 2017


Jamaica’s New Film Commissioner Brings Shorts to the Forefront

21 August 2017 4:47 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Jampro has partnered with the Jamaica Film and Television Association (Jafta), and the Chase Fund to deliver Jafta Propella –a script to screen program which nurtures Jamaican content creators and enables them to tell their stories cinematically by providing funding and in-kind support.

Renee Robinson, a native Jamaican, is the new(ish) Film Commissioner of Jamaica, now in her second year of a three year term. In fact the first film professional to hold the office of Film Commissioner, she has instituted changes geared toward helping emerging filmmakers hone their talents to make Jamaica great again. She is a multi-lingual cultural industry strategist and thought-leader who has worked in Canada, Europe, South Africa, and the Caribbean in film, television, digital media, arts and culture, entertainment, and communications. With almost two decades of senior management experience in content programming, regulation/ policy, strategic planning, and industry intelligence, she has held in leadership »

- Sydney Levine

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Halle Berry says her historic Oscar win 'meant nothing'

29 June 2017 5:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The lack of progress with diversity in Hollywood is “troubling”, said the actress.

Halle Berry has said her historic Oscar win for Monster’s Ball “meant nothing”.

Berry became the first (and still only) black woman to win the best actress category at the 2002 Academy Awards, and her acceptance speech referenced its importance.

She said: “This moment is so much bigger than me. This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It’s for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And it’s for every nameless, faceless woman of colour that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened.”

However, whilst taking part in a Q&A in Cannes Lions with Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth, she said the 2016 Oscar nominations which sparked the #OscarsSoWhite backlash made her revise her opinion of the win.

“It was probably one of my lowest professional moments… I sat there »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Halle Berry Worries That Her Historic Oscar Win Ultimately ‘Meant Nothing’ to Hollywood

28 June 2017 8:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

When Halle Berry won her historic Best Actress Oscar back in 2002, the “Monster’s Ball” star keenly recognized the importance of the moment and what it meant to other actresses of color. Berry was the first black woman to win an Oscar in the category, and more than 15 years later, she’s still the only black actress to have earned the accolade.

In her acceptance speech, Berry said, “This moment is so much bigger than me. This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It’s for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And it’s for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened. Thank you. I’m so honored. I’m so honored.”

Read More: Halle Berry: How Spike Lee Gave Her the Opportunity to Break Out From ‘Gorgeous »

- Kate Erbland

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Just How Many Black Actors Have Won an Oscar? The Number Is Disturbingly Low

26 February 2017 10:15 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Image Source: Getty / Lee Celano The Oscars have been plagued by obvious race issues since they began in 1929, and things seemingly came to a head with the #OscarsSoWhite discussion a couple of years ago; the overwhelming lack of diversity in nominees in both 2015 and 2016 resulted in Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs taking bigger, more noticeable steps to double the number of diverse members in its voting body by 2020. Nevertheless, a black actor (the incomparable Sidney Poitier) wasn't awarded until 1964, and it was only in 2002 that Halle Berry became the first black woman to win a best actress trophy. At this year's ceremony, Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis won for their supporting roles, adding to a pretty short list. So, just how many black actors have won Oscars over the years? Sixteen. A whopping sixteen distinguished, talented people in 89 years. Scroll through to see who they are and learn about the records they've broken. »

- Brittney Stephens

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Halle Berry's Oscar Acceptance Speech Will Still Make You Cry, Even 15 Years Later

23 February 2017 5:05 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Halle Berry's Oscar win for Monster's Ball made her the first black woman to win best actress and only the second to win an Academy Award since the ceremony's inception in 1929. She gave a heartfelt, emotional speech that still brings us to tears thanks to its sincerity and passion; Berry didn't just accept the honor on her behalf, but paid homage to the women of color who came before her. "This moment is so much bigger than me," Berry told the crowd through tears. "This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It's for the women that stand beside me, Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett, Vivica Fox. And it's for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened." Berry will be returning to the Oscars stage on Sunday to mark the 15th anniversary of her historic win, and »

- Brittney Stephens

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