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Spike Lee becomes the first Black man to head Cannes jury; a look at his trailblazing career, rage and activism-infused cinema
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Spike Lee becomes the first Black man to head Cannes jury; a look at his trailblazing career, rage and activism-infused cinema

Lee managed to keep the Hollywood machine at arm's length, maintaining control of his own marketing, distribution and editing, with mostly Black casts.

Alternative Oscars 2021: What if genre films, trailers, posters, emerging filmmakers and actors had their own categories?
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Alternative Oscars 2021: What if genre films, trailers, posters, emerging filmmakers and actors had their own categories?

La Llorona, Swallow, Why Don't You Just Die! are some of the best films that saved us in the pandemic year, ones we thought should have been awards season mainstays, but were entirely walled off by the Academy.

As Screen Actors Guild Awards go virtual, a look at participating actors, nominations
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As Screen Actors Guild Awards go virtual, a look at participating actors, nominations

The SAG Awards, to be held virtually on 4 April, has been condensed to an hour-long affair that aims to honour this year's best film and television actors through pre-taped segments.

After Grammy win, HER's song 'Fight for You' from Judas and the Black Messiah in Oscar race
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After Grammy win, HER's song 'Fight for You' from Judas and the Black Messiah in Oscar race

The 23-year-old wrote 'I Can’t Breathe' and 'Fight for You' with D’Mile — the uber-talented producer who has created songs for everyone from Janet Jackson and Bruno Mars to Beyoncé and Jay-Z — and Thomas, a singer who has had success with her own music and has written other songs with HER like 'Avenue' and the double-platinum hit 'Slide.'

Oscars 2021: A by-the-numbers look at first time nods, career nominations, biggest snubs, record setters, posthumous recognition
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Oscars 2021: A by-the-numbers look at first time nods, career nominations, biggest snubs, record setters, posthumous recognition

A count-down of notable facts and trivia nominations for the 93rd Academy Awards, from Mank garnering most nods for any film this year, to Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods scoring one nomination for best score

Borat 2, Nomadland, Sound of Metal, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom among nominees for Producers Guild Awards 2021
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Borat 2, Nomadland, Sound of Metal, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom among nominees for Producers Guild Awards 2021

Streaming services dominated the Producers Guild Awards, nominations, led by Netflix with three: Mank, The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Netflix releases data showing streaming giant is outpacing Hollywood in inclusivity of content
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Netflix releases data showing streaming giant is outpacing Hollywood in inclusivity of content

The study revealed that Netflix films were more likely to have women directing (23.1%), writing (25.2%) or producing (29%) than the top-grossing movies of 2018 and 2019

From Meryl Streep in The Prom, Let Them All Talk to Da 5 Bloods, Golden Globes 2021 nomination snubs
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From Meryl Streep in The Prom, Let Them All Talk to Da 5 Bloods, Golden Globes 2021 nomination snubs

From the actors of Minari to Black-led dramas like Da 5 Bloods and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom absent from Best Drama category, here are the biggest snubs and surprises from the Golden Globes nominations' list

Chloe Zhao's Nomadland wins top honours at National Society of Film Critics awards
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Chloe Zhao's Nomadland wins top honours at National Society of Film Critics awards

Nomadland won four awards at this year’s National Society of Film Critics awards, including best picture, best cinematography, best director and best actress.

Chadwick Boseman passes away: Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, Spike Lee pay tribute to actor
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Chadwick Boseman passes away: Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, Spike Lee pay tribute to actor

Spike Lee said Chadwick Boseman's performance in Da 5 Bloods, despite his illness, is testament to what he put into that role and all his roles.

Chadwick Boseman passes away: The Black Panther star was an antidote to apolitical actors
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Chadwick Boseman passes away: The Black Panther star was an antidote to apolitical actors

Chadwick Boseman received his big breakthrough with Brian Helgeland’s 42 (2013), where he played Jackie Robinson, the first-ever African-American Major League Baseball professional.

Netflix India is dialling up the diversity with its new 2020 slate, says Monika Shergill, VP-Content
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Netflix India is dialling up the diversity with its new 2020 slate, says Monika Shergill, VP-Content

Monika Shergill talks about how the lockdown has benefited streaming, and how they maintain inclusivity and quality control at Netflix India.

How Netflix championed Black programming, much before Hollywood started catching up
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How Netflix championed Black programming, much before Hollywood started catching up

Hollywood is scrambling, in its traditional way — late, liberal, a bit ham-handed — to catch up with this cultural moment, that Netflix pioneered.

From Da 5 Bloods to Better Call Saul, the best international films and series of 2020 so far, and where to stream them
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From Da 5 Bloods to Better Call Saul, the best international films and series of 2020 so far, and where to stream them

Now that we’re past the halfway point of the year, Firstpost picks some of the year's best highlights and where to stream them -- from Da 5 Bloods to Better Call Saul

Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods — about Black soldiers in 'Vietnam War' — can't rise above American imperialism
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Spike Lee's Da 5 Bloods — about Black soldiers in 'Vietnam War' — can't rise above American imperialism

Da 5 Bloods director Spike Lee's anti-racist critique could not overcome his subconscious investment in American imperialism.

Spike Lee apologises for defending Woody Allen, criticising cancel culture: 'My words were wrong'
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Spike Lee apologises for defending Woody Allen, criticising cancel culture: 'My words were wrong'

After voicing support for Woody Allen and criticizing cancel culture, Spike Lee apologized on Saturday for words he said were wrong.

Spike Lee believes his new film Da 5 Bloods is relevant in wake of racial issues being addressed worldwide
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Spike Lee believes his new film Da 5 Bloods is relevant in wake of racial issues being addressed worldwide

Spike Lee's Da 5 Blood stars Chadwick Boseman, Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr, Melanie Thierry, Paul Walter Hauser, Jasper Paakkonen and Jean Reno.

Da 5 Bloods movie review: Spike Lee turns Vietnam War into ambitious manifesto on racism and reparations
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Da 5 Bloods movie review: Spike Lee turns Vietnam War into ambitious manifesto on racism and reparations

Gifted with chilling foresight, Spike Lee offers a meditation on current circumstances by looking through the prism of the past.

Netflix curates list of films, shows, documentaries to promote Black Lives Matter; titles include Moonlight, 13th
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Netflix curates list of films, shows, documentaries to promote Black Lives Matter; titles include Moonlight, 13th

The Netflix collection consists of over 45 titles about racial injustice faced by African-Americans

Spike Lee discusses Netflix's Da 5 Bloods, George Floyd protests, and what American patriotism means
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Spike Lee discusses Netflix's Da 5 Bloods, George Floyd protests, and what American patriotism means

Spike Lee has directed, co-wrote and produced upcoming Netflix film Da 5 Bloods, which examines racial politics during the 1970s