The third annual Celebration of Black Cinema which took place on 2nd February, was hosted by author and media personality Bevy Smith. The 2021 group of honorees was comprised of visionary films, actors, producers, and directors who were honored for their work this season, and their ongoing commitment to telling Black stories on film. ALT was lucky enough to be invited to the virtual red carpet. Andra Day (born Cassandra Batie in Edmonds, Washington, December 30, 1984), is a singer/songwriter, recording her debut studio album, Cheers to the Fall (2015), sang her song “Rise Up” at the White House for President Obama. Day played the legendary singer in United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) directed by Lee Daniels. (Main: image credit Hulu)
Daniels presented Andra Day with the award. The film follows Holiday during her career as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by black Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher, with whom she had a tumultuous affair.
Lee Daniels’ The United States vs. Billie Holiday, will debut as a Hulu Original film on Hulu on February 26, 2021.
The other award winners included: Delroy Lindo (Career Achievement Award), John Legend & Mike Jackson (Producers Award), Chadwick Boseman (Performance of the Year Award), Zendaya & John David Washington (NextGen Award), Shaka King (Director Award), Tessa Thompson (Actor Award), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Breakthrough Award), Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, and Leslie Odom, Jr. (Ensemble Award), Andra Day (Special Honoree Award), and Tommie Smith (Social Justice Award).
The Critics Choice Association announced that in partnership with Nexstar Media Group, KTLA aired the 90-minute Celebration of Black Cinema special in Los Angeles on Saturday night, February 6th, and over 40 cities across the country – affiliates including WGN, WPHL, KDAF, and KRON – will air a 60-minute special throughout the month of February. Check local listings for more details.
The Celebration of Black Cinema honorees were fêted by a prestigious group of presenters including Nnamdi Asomugha, Lee Daniels, Michael Ealy, Dominique Fishback, Taraji P. Henson, Daniel Kaluuya, Jonathan Majors, Kemp Powers, Aaron Sorkin, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Williams, and George C. Wolfe.
Day was recently nominated for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama by the Golden Globe Awards 2021.
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