Spike Lee Wins First Oscar for ‘BlacKkKlansman’

Spike Lee Leaps Into Samuel L. Jackson’s Arms As He Wins His First Oscar: Best Adapted Screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman”

During his speech , Lee calls on America to mobilize for the 2020 election: “Make the moral choice between love versus hate. Let’s do the right thing!”

Via The Hollywood Reporter

The filmmaker got a standing ovation from the crowd and a big reaction from Samuel L. Jackson, who presented him the award.

The Oscars 2019 ceremony became a Spike Lee joint on Sunday night, as Lee won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for BlacKkKlansman.

For adapting Ron Stallworth’s 2014 memoir Black Klansman about infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan, Lee shares the honor with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, and Kevin Wilmott. 

Samuel L. Jackson excitedly announced the winner, and Lee jumped into his arms when he reached the stage.

The BlacKkKlansman writing foursome was nominated alongside the teams for A Star Is Born (Eric Roth, Will Fetters and Bradley Cooper), The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen), If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins), and Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty).

BlacKkKlansman received six Oscar nominations including best director for Lee, best picture, best supporting actor for Adam Driver, best original score for Terence Blanchard, and best film editing for Barry Alexander Brown.

Lee received an honorary Oscar in 2015, but this is his first competitive win. His first Oscar nod came for his original screenplay of 1990’s Do the Right Thing; his second in the best documentary feature category for 1998’s 4 Little Girls.

Regina King Wins First Ever Oscar For Best Supporting Actress

The 91st Academy Awards just started and Regina King who took home the FIRST award of the night.

Regina won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’

It’s her first Oscar and also her first nomination.

Congrats Regina!

Netflix Cancels ‘Luke Cage’

Luke Cage’ has been canceled after 2 seasons.

via Deadline:

“Unfortunately, Marvel’s Luke Cage will not return for a third season,” Marvel and the streaming service said on Friday. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated showrunner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.”

This axing of Luke Cage came as a surprise. A writer’s room under showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker had been working for around six months producing scripts and taking notes from Netlfix and Marvel. As actors like lead Mike Colter remained under contract, a formal Season 3 order considered almost a foregone conclusion by all concerned

After tensions the past month, it all went distinctly south in the last 48 hours.

The pink slipping of Luke Cage was ultimately a combo of the age old creative differences and the inability for the parties involved to reach a deal, according to sources. With a season perched on the conclusion of the June 22 launched Season 2 plotted out months and months ago, detailed drafts for the first half of the 10-episode projected third season were delivered to Marvel and Netflix this week.

We hear that some execs had issues with the more developed scripts, even though they strongly incorporated suggestions from both Netflix and Marvel brass.

Add to that, the writers’ room was put on hold for a week in September, as the streamer and the Disney-owned company were figuring out the mechanisms of changing the deal for the planned Luke Cage third season from the original 13 episodes to a slimmed down 10 episodes. It eventually escalated to behind-the-scenes turmoil in the past two days and demands for changes in creative reign. With Marvel and Netflix seemingly in intractable and different sides of the disputes, a harsh cancelation became the only viable exit strategy, it appears.

The revolving door of showrunners on Marvel’s shows on Netflix have seen new creative teams become almost the norm.  There’s been new showrunners for every season of Daredevil, Raven Metzner took over Iron Fist for its second and final season, and Jessica Jones’ Melissa Rosenberg is heading off to an overall deal with WBTV once Season 3 of the Krysten Ritter-led series is done.

In another sense, the cancellation was a done deal as the situation became tense on the corporate level. The Marvel shows on Netflix are costly to make, even with New York’s generous tax credits. Back in 2013, the streamer paid top dollar for the series, that they don’t even own so cutting Luke Cage loose was a shift bottom line call. With the high cost, there has been pressure on the Marvel series to overperform in viewership. That was easier early on when they were among a handful of Netflix originals but is getting harder today when they are competing with dozens of other buzzy shows on the Internet network.

At this point there is no plans for owner Marvel to resurrect Luke Cage on the upcoming Disney streaming service. But, being that the Simone Missick co-starrer crashed Netflix in its first season opening weekend in September 2016 and had a very well watched and well received 13-episode Season 2, it could be a Sweet Christmas, as Cage likes to quip.

Katt Williams, Tiffany Haddish, Ron Cephas Jones and Samira Wiley Each Win Emmys

Katt Williams is now an Emmy-winner.

The comedian took home the award for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Donald Glover’s alligator-owning Uncle Willie in ‘Atlanta’ at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday.

It was Katt’s first Emmy win off his first Emmy nomination.

In taking the trophy, Katt beat out Bryan Cranston, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sterling K. Brown, Donald Glover, and Bill Hader.

Tiffany Haddish also won an Emmy — Guest Actress in a Comedy Series —  for hosting Saturday Night Live.

All four guest acting categories went to Black actors — Katt, Tiffany, Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) and Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale) each took home trophies.

The main Emmys ceremony will take place September 17 and air on NBC. We can’t wait to see more Black talent get recognized!

via Deadline

GORGEOUS Bride : Singer Leela James Ties The Knot

R & B Diva Leela James ties the knot. See her gorgeous wedding day photos below.

The singer took to social media on Friday and revealed she’s married along with sharing a couple of beautiful pics from her wedding day.

Congratulations on yall blissful union and I wish her and her hubby a lifetime of happiness.

Photos: Dedrick Diggs