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Salute To Classic Black Actresses Film Festival at Missouri History Museum Oct. 9-11

Film was a particularly difficult industry for black actresses to break into. Hattie McDaniel was the first black actress to ever win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1939, for playing Mammy in Gone With The Wind, opening the door for more black women to appear in prominent roles in film. Specifically for screenings in the 1940s South, where a black actress couldn’t play anything but a servant on screen, beautiful women like Lena Horne were given roles that were expendable, able to easily be cut out of films without affecting the plot. Eventually, movies would reflect the real-life improvements in race relations, leading to Halle Berry becoming the first black woman to win a Best Actress Oscar in 2001. The St. Louis Classic Black Film Festival is proud to present a new film festival celebrating the roles and careers of eight pioneering black actresses in a variety of films spanning four decades.
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Ava DuVernay Could Make Oscar History With a Best Director Nom

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Last year’s Oscar ceremony made history when director Steve McQueen became the first black filmmaker to win for best picture with 12 Years a Slave and Alfonso Cuaron became the first Latin American to win for best director with Gravity. This year’s ceremony could make history as well: Ava DuVernay could become the first black female to be nominated for best director for Selma, and if Angelina Jolie lands a nomination for Unbroken, it will be the first time two women are nominated in the same year.

In 2012, DuVernay became the first black woman to win for best director at the Sundance Film Festival with Middle of Nowhere.

Lee & Low Books found that 99 percent of best director winners are male and 99 percent of best actress winners are white (93 percent of best actor winners are also white).

The lack of diversity at the Oscars does
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InDepth InterView Exclusive: James Earl Jones Talks Driving Miss Daisy, You Can't Take It With You, Star Wars, The Lion King & More

Today it is BroadwayWorld's extreme honor to bring you an exclusive and extensive discussion with one of the finest American actors in history all about his legendary career onstage and on screens large and small - the commanding and versatile two-time Tony Award-winning and Academy Award-winning James Earl Jones. Touching upon much of his internationally regarded iconography as well as looking ahead to current and future endeavors, Jones eloquently expresses his observations on acting, art, humanity and life itself. Focusing on the ScreenVision presentation of Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy starring opposite fellow icon and InDepth InterView participant Dame Angela Lansbury, Jones astutely outlines the themes of the touching Southern drama depicting the unlikely friendship between an uptight society woman and her dedicated chauffer as well as opens up about his own experiences with culture clashes and race in his life. Additionally, Jones juxtaposes his observations of working alongside
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Throwback Thursday Fyc: Diahann Carroll in Claudine (1974)

The Film Experience time travels so consistently between the now, the future, the distant past and the recent past that Throwback Thursday, that grand internet tradition, hasn't meant much. But then I chanced upon this old Fyc and a lightbulb appeared reflecting off my bald head "Throwback Thursday... The Oscar Campaigns"

Diahann Carroll in Claudine (1974)

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Diahann, deglamming to play a welfare mother in Harlem as Many of the critical blurbs highlights, lost the Oscar to Ellen Burstyn in one of the all time greatest Best Actress rosters. The blurbs are interesting time capsules, both in the tell tale signs of 'this is still what people like for "bests" and in uniquely "holy hell" ways. Consider this provocative bit from the Gannett Syndicate:

...the first three dimensional portrait of a black woman."

I'm sure that Diana Ross and Cicely Tyson, both nominated two years prior would not approve!
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2011 Governors Awards Arrival & Ceremony Photos

Last night, the Academy presented Honorary Awards to actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to philanthropist Oprah Winfrey at the 3rd Annual Governors Awards dinner at the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center in California.

Click Here to watch the 2011 Governors Awards Video Highlights.

To honor James Earl Jones, aka Darth Vader, Star Wars stormtroopers and Academy President Tom Sherak introduced the 2011 Governors Awards in the Grand Ballroom. Sherak remarked, “How was your week?” in reference to the exit of producer Brett Ratner and host Eddie Murphy and the replacement of new host Billy Crystal and producer Brian Grazer.

Oscar®-nominated Actress Glenn Close spoke as part of the award presentation to Honorary Award recipient James Earl Jones. The actor was presented with his award on stage in London at the Wyndham Theater, where he is starring in “Driving Miss Daisy” with Vanessa Redgrave.
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Dick Smith to Receive Honorary Oscar

Dick Smith to Receive Honorary Oscar
Congratulations to make-up legend Dick Smith, who will be receiving an honarary Oscar at the Academy’s 3rd Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, November 12.

Press Release:

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted tonight to present Honorary Awards to actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to philanthropist Oprah Winfrey. All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 3rd Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, November 12, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

Born in Arkabutla, Mississippi, Jones made his film debut in 1964 in Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” In 1970, he earned an Academy Award® nomination for his role as boxer Jack Jefferson in “The Great White Hope.” Jones has appeared in more than 50 feature films including “Claudine,” “Conan the Barbarian,
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Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones & Dick Smith to receive Academy's Governors Awards

Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones & Dick Smith to receive Academy's Governors Awards
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to present Honorary Awards to actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to philanthropist Oprah Winfrey.All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 3rd Annual Governors Awards dinner on 12 November, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.Jones has appeared in more than 50 feature films including Claudine, Conan the Barbarian, Field of Dreams,Coming to America, The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games ...
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Honorary Oscars Will Go To James Earl Jones, Dick Smith, And Oprah!

Last night, the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted to present honorary Academy Awards to actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith, and its Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award — which has only been awarded to 33 other people (three posthumously) — to philanthropist/talk show host/actress/producer Oprah Winfrey. All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s third annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, November 12, at the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center, an event that has come to mean nearly as much to true cinephiles as Oscar night itself. In addition to receiving tributes from family, friends, and colleagues on that evening, the three honorees will also be acknowledged during the actual 84th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Jones, 80, made his big screen debut playing a small part in Stanley Kubrick’s classic satire “Dr. Strangelove” (1964), and got
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James Earl Jones, Dick Smith and Oprah Winfrey To Receive Academy’s Governors Awards

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James Earl Jones, Dick Smith and Oprah Winfrey

To Receive Academy’s Governors Awards

Beverly Hills, CA - The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted tonight to present Honorary Awards to actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to philanthropist Oprah Winfrey. All three awards will be presented at the Academy.s 3rd Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, November 12, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

Born in Arkabutla, Mississippi, Jones made his film debut in 1964 in Stanley Kubrick.s 1964 “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” In 1970, he earned an Academy Award® nomination for his role as boxer Jack Jefferson in “The Great White Hope.” Jones has appeared in more than 50 feature films including “Claudine,” “Conan the Barbarian,” “Field of Dreams,” “Coming to America” and,
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James Earl Jones, Oprah Winfrey, Dick Smith: Honorary Oscar, Jean Hersholt Award Recipients

Actor James Earl Jones and veteran makeup artist Dick Smith will receive Honorary Awards, and former television hostess Oprah Winfrey will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced. The awards will be presented at the Academy’s 3rd Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, November 12, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center. The information below on Jones, Smith, and Winfrey is from the Academy's press release: Born in Arkabutla, Mississippi, James Earl Jones made his film debut in 1964 in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. In 1970, he earned an Academy Award nomination for his role as boxer Jack Jefferson in The Great White Hope. Jones has appeared in more than 50 feature films including Claudine, Conan the Barbarian, Field of Dreams, Coming to America and, as Vice Admiral James Greer, The Hunt for Red October,
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James Earl Jones & Dick Smith & Oprah Winfrey To Be Honored With Academy’S Governors Award

Beverly Hills, CA – The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted tonight to present Honorary Awards to actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to philanthropist Oprah Winfrey. All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 3rd Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, November 12, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

Born in Arkabutla, Mississippi, Jones made his film debut in 1964 in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” In 1970, he earned an Academy Award® nomination for his role as boxer Jack Jefferson in “The Great White Hope.” Jones has appeared in more than 50 feature films including “Claudine,” “Conan the Barbarian,” “Field of Dreams,” “Coming to America” and, as Vice Admiral James Greer, “The Hunt for Red October,” “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger.
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Oprah, James Earl Jones and Dick Smith to Receive Honorary Awards

HollywoodNews.com: The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted tonight to present Honorary Awards to actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to philanthropist Oprah Winfrey. All three awards will be presented at the Academy’s 3rd Annual Governors Awards dinner on Saturday, November 12, at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

Born in Arkabutla, Mississippi, Jones made his film debut in 1964 in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” In 1970, he earned an Academy Award® nomination for his role as boxer Jack Jefferson in “The Great White Hope.” Jones has appeared in more than 50 feature films including “Claudine,” “Conan the Barbarian,” “Field of Dreams,” “Coming to America” and, as Vice Admiral James Greer, “The Hunt for Red October,” “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger.
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Flashback: “Claudine”

My introduction to Claudine wasn’t some grand theatrical experience. I didn’t learn about it via an “Afrocentric” aunt or uncle who wanted to school me on black films from the past. No, I basically stumbled across it while channel surfing one day. The pulsating sounds of Glady’s Night gripped me from the opening shot and I stay glued throughout the film.

Since then, the film continues to be one of my all-time favorites. In light of so many women raising children on their own now days, the theme’s of the movie seem more relevant today than ever.

The 1974 film tells the story of Claudine Price (Diahann Carroll), a single Black Harlem mother living on welfare with six children. She finds love with a garbage collector, Rupert Marshall (James Earl Jones), who she calls “Roop”. Among the many complications surrounding them, the couple do not want to
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No back nine for 'Lie to Me'; The CW wants its own 'Glee'

Some bite-sized TV news for your Tuesday:

Fox isn't ordering any more of "Lie to Me" this season -- but that doesn't necessarily mean the show is canceled. It will complete its 13-episode order by the end of January, after which "The Chicago Code" takes its timeslot; the network will make a decision on "Lie to Me's" future closer to upfronts time in the spring. [Deadline]

The CW has a "Glee"-esque musical series in development, but it's focused more on rock 'n' roll. It's tentatively titled "The Prickly Spheres" and is about a musician who turns down a Julliard scholarship and joins an indie-rock band in Minneapolis. Music manager and producer Jeff Kwatinetz ("Royal Pains") is among the executive producers. [Vulture]

"The Middle" just expanded a little bit. ABC has tacked on two episodes to the season order for the comedy, bringing its total to 24. [TV Guide]

The final season of "Law
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Jurnee on being a role model

Jurnee's filmography is as long as her arm, if not longer! She has worked on films like Eve's Bayou (1997) , Selma, Lord Selma(1999), The Great Debators (2007) and her television appearances include a stint on the hit Us drama Grey's Anatomy, Hanging with Mr Cooper (1992), Full House (1992-1994), ER (2002) ...the list goes on. Her older co-stars have always helped her with her confidence from a young age, and reminded her to believe in herself and her ability. She has a little village of fans, one being her mother, and the others that help validate her as an actor. She grew up watching Claudine (1974) and she had the opportunity to work with Diahann Carroll, who she looked up to. She hopes one day that she can be a role model for young aspiring actors, she told t5m.
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