‘Moonlight,’ ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘Fences’ earn Oscar Nods for ‘Best Picture’ & more!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The Oscar nominations were announced this morning and “Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight” and “Fences” were all nominated in the Best Picture category. I believe this is the first time we’ve ever had three African-American films nominated at the same time in this category.

Other nominations include Denzel Washington for Best Actor in a Leading Role, Ruth Negga for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Mahershala Ali for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Octavia Spencer, Naomie Harris and Viola Davis for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

“Moonlight” also picked up nods for Cinematography, Directing for Barry Jenkins, Film Editing, Music (Original Score) and Writing (Adapted Screenplay) for Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney. “Fences” also picked up for Writing (Adapted Screenplay) while James Baldwin‘s “I Am Not Your Negro” (which I saw last night) and Ava DuVernay‘s “13th” were nominated for Best Documentary Feature.

I must say that I am shocked that Taraji P. Henson was not nominated for her role in “Hidden Figures” nor was Pharrell Williams nominated for the film’s soundtrack. #SMH

Click here to see the full list of nominees and don’t forget to watch the Oscars when they air live on Sunday, February 26 on ABC! This year’s show is hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

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New Trailer & Release Date for Jimi Hendrix biopic starring André 3000 (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

XLrator Media has released a new trailer and official premiere date for the upcoming Jimi Hendrix film starring Outkast’s André 3ooo.

As previously reported, All Is By My Side  is a revealing biopic from Academy Award-winning writer-director John Ridley (12 Years A Slave). Covering a year in Hendrix’s life from 1966-67 as an unknown backup guitarist playing New York’s Cheetah Club to making his mark in London’s music scene up until his Monterey Pop triumph, the film presents an intimate portrait of the sensitive young musician on the verge of becoming a rock legend.

The film also stars Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Andrew Buckley, and Ruth Negga.

 Check out the trailer and new first look photos below:

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All Is By My Side  debuts on September 26, 2014.