Award season has kicked off and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave has garnered multiple nominations already.
The 2013 adaptation of the 1853 autobiography by Solomon Northup led the 2014 Golden Globe nominations with seven nods and topped SAG nominations with four. Lee Daniels’ The Butler, a film whose pedigree cast was predicted to sweep all groups nods this year, was also highly recognized with three SAG nominations.
So while on the red carpet for Floyd Mayweather’s Annual Celebrity Classic Toy Drive and Basketball Game, Jamie Foxx, who had a hot run with Django Unchained last award season, shared with HipHollywood his reaction to the nominations.
“It’s fantastic, for us to be able to tell our stories, that’s the main thing,” Foxx said when asked how he feels about two strong Black films being top contenders this year.
“Sometimes slavery can be a touchy subject but you gotta tell em’. And those actors, it’s great for them to get that shine because it’ll move them on to other things. Forest Whitaker and those guys, it’s absolutely amazing.”
Check out the clip below:
‘Annihilation’s’ Leading Ladies Use Intense Military Training As Bonding Experience
Annihilation is one hell of a visually stunning sci-fi film with five female leads on an expedition to uncover the mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline.
For Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez, the film, which also lends a voice to what is being called the year of the woman, dressing in head to toe military gear and going through tactical training was a bonding experience.
“”t was really fun. It’s weird to say that. But to have all these women in military training together, where we had to do these exercises … it was a great bonding experience with each other.” Portman told us.
And although the women had the opportunity to use real guns, firearms is not something the ladies of Hollywood advocate. “I’m anti gun to be honest,” Rodriguez said. “I say no guns. There’s no reason for people to have guns especially when you have these,” she said while holding up her firsts.
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