Oprah Loves Akeelah and the Bee
No surprise there - I just hope that it translates to Akeelah taking the #1 spot at the box office this weekend! I will also be very interested to see what happens around awards season. Unlike some of the last truly quality black films that we've had (Lackawanna Blues, Something The Lord Made, Boycott, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge) Akeelah and the Bee is a theatrical release - not a cable television movie, which means that it is eligible for Academy Award consideration for Best Picture. KeKe Palmer is eligible for Best Actress and Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne are eligible in the supporting actor categories. They are also eligible for the SAGs (Screen Actor's Guild) and the Golden Globes, so it's going to be very interesting considering last year's pimptastic Oscar ceremony. I think we can safely predict that they've got the NAACP awards locked down and can begin their wardrobe selections now.
On a side note, I just love how Laurence Fishburne told the audience about how he called Oprah and begged her to have them on. He didn't try to "front" for a minute!
Labels: Oprah Winfrey