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Barry Jenkins isn’t harboring any ill feelings against the Academy after that epic Oscar mix-up. Speaking to the press backstage, Jenkins said he was stunned once it was announced that Moonlight had actually won and not La La Land.

“I thought all the movies that were nominated were phenomenal so I accepted the results; I applauded like everyone else,” he said. “Then I noticed the commotion and I’m sure everyone saw my face but I was speechless; that was awkward. I’ve watched the Academy Awards several times, and I’ve never seen anything like that happen before so it made a special feeling even more special.”

“The last 20 minutes of my life have been insane,” he added. “I don’t think my life can be changed any more dramatically than it has in the last 20 minutes.”

During the show, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented the award for Best Picture and accidentally announced that La La Land was the winner. Two minutes later, it was revealed that Moonlight was, in fact, the winner and Beatty told the audience that he was given a card that read “Emma Stone – La La Land.”

Stone refuted those claims during her backstage interview, saying she was still holding on to her best actress card. Jenkins, however, told press that he saw two cards, and Beatty showed him the one he and Dunaway presented with the wrong name on it.

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She’s Gotta Have It: Is Ilfenesh Hadera Spike Lee’s New Muse?

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We all know Spike Lee loves working with the same actors over and over again. And in some cases new up-and-comers who go on to be Hollywood A-listers. Think Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Rosario Dawson.

Now it seems it’s Ilfenesh Hadera’s turn. The actress of Ethiopian decent has worked with Spike Lee four times: in the 2011 Mike Tyson TV movie Da Brick, in 2013’s Oldboy, in Chiraq playing Ms. McCloud and in his upcoming Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It.

Hadera told us she believes it’s because of Lee’s commitment to diversity that he tends to hire the same actors multiple times.

“If you look at his body of work you see he’s worked with Rosario over and over, [John] Turturro over and over, Mekhi Phifer over and over so he finds talent, new talent and gives them a chance and if more directors did that maybe we would be more represented in the media … God bless him for that,” she said.

Now with 30+ years and countless films under his belt, Lee is bringing his first feature, She’s Gotta Have It, back to life, in a 10-episode Netflix binge debuting Nov. 23.

Hadera, who plays Opal Gilstrap in the series, told us Lee had hinted that he would be bringing his 1986 directorial debut to Netflix and wanted her to be apart of it.

“We had worked together a lot and he had been giving me little hints that this was in the works so I was like let me go back and watch [She’s Gotta Have It] again.”

Like the original, SGHI follows Nola Darling (played by DeWanda Wise) a twenty-something woman living in Brooklyn, New York exploring her sexual identity as she juggles a host of colorful suitors.

As for if this is Hadera’s final time working with Lee, we think not. 2017 has already been an amazing year for the 5’10 beauty with roles on the big and small screen in Baywatch, Billions and Master Of None.

 

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