Bourgeois Brief: Jordan Peele Makes History and Leads Diverse Group of Winners at 90th Annual Oscars
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Jordan Peele Becomes First Black Writer to Win Original Screenplay Oscar
Get Out director Jordan Peele solidified his place in cinematic history at the 90th Annual Academy Awards. He took home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. He’s the first black person to win the prestigious film honor. Beyond Peele’s win, the night was filled with diversity. Daniela Vega, star of Best Foreign Film winner A Fantastic Woman, became the first openly trans woman to present at the ceremony. Common and Andra Day brought out a slew of activists, including Janet Mock and #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, during their performance of “Stand Up for Something” from the film, Marshall. And songwriter Robert Lopez, along with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, won Best Song for “Remember Me”, from the Oscar-winning animated film Coco. This makes Lopez the only person in history to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony—twice. For the full list of winners, head to The New York Times.
Peele Also Won Big at The Independent Spirit Awards
The Oscars weren’t the only awards show in town this weekend. The Independent Spirit Awards, which always take place the night before the Oscars, rewarded Get Out in a big way. Peele won Best Feature and Best Director. Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon won Best First Screenplay, and A Fantastic Woman picked up the statue for Best International Film. See the full winners’ list at Variety.
Janelle Monae Hosts Fem the Future Pre-Oscars Brunch
Janelle Monae, who just released the first two singles from her upcoming Dirty Computer LP, hosted the Fem the Future pre-Oscars brunch in L.A. Friday. A who’s who of powerful Hollywood women, including Ava DuVernay, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Rosario Dawson, and Tessa Thompson, were on hand to celebrate female empowerment. The event called attention to the need for more diversity in Hollywood and motivated attendees to keep pushing their projects through to the mainstream. Get additional details at PopSugar.
Ava DuVernay Hosts First Public A Wrinkle In Time Screening in Compton
Over the weekend, director Ava DuVernay hosted the first public screening of A Wrinkle In Time in her hometown, Compton. Middle school students gathered at the Dollarhide Community Center to see the film. DuVernay partnered with Disney to transform the center into a full-blown theater for the screening. Get more details and see video at KTLA.
Kerry Washington to Star in TV Adaptation of Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere
Last year’s buzziest novel, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, is being adapted for the small screen. Kerry Washington is set to star alongside Reese Witherspoon. Washington’s Simpson Street production company will produce with ABC Signature Studios. Get more details at EW.
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Food for thought
Jordan Peele got his big break on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele. He’s just one of several Comedy Central staples who’ve left the network for greater success on passion projects. The latest one to leave, Hasan Minhaj, announced his Netflix talk show last week. With so many stars jumping ship, what’s next for the comedy network? The Ringer’s Miles Surrey dives in:
"In the past two years, the network—The Daily Show, specifically—has lost Minhaj, Michelle Wolf, and Jessica Williams. Wolf produced a stand-up special with HBO and is working on her own late-night Netflix series, while Williams made a movie for Netflix called The Incredible Jessica James and turned her podcast series 2 Dope Queens into an HBO miniseries. While the reasons for their departures vary—Netflix reportedly outbid Comedy Central for Minhaj’s new show after he produced a pilot—one truth looms large: The network is not only losing its homegrown talent to greener or more lucrative pastures, but it has little in the way of replacing these comedic talents. Its brightest young stars have all slipped away; what’s left is a slate of series that are either past their primes, in desperate search of a prime, hopeful but risky, or tied to Noah."
Read his full piece here.
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