Steve McQueen and Lupita Nyong’o Continue To Kill It

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Both director Steve McQueen and Lupita Nyong’o were working hard at their respective artistic crafts before 12 Years A Slave, but now they have the mainstream clout and power to create and be a part of passion projects. Earlier this week, it was announced that McQueen’s next film will be about none other than Paul Robeson!

Paul Robeson was a true renaissance man who slayed at everything he set his mind to achieve. An actor, opera singer, activist, All-American football player, and scholar of law at Columbia Law School, Robeson was involved in both the Harlem Renaissance and Civil Rights movements. He was also investigated during the McCarthy era, accused of being a communist. He retired and passed away in my hometown of Philadelphia.

The first and only film that I ever saw Robeson star in was Oscar Micheaux’s black and white film, “Body and Soul“. This movie debuted Robeson in his first starring role on screen, at the age of 27. If you have never seen “Body and Soul” and ever get the chance to, I suggest that you take the opportunity!. It introduced me to the genius of both Micheaux and Robeson’s work in film and as an artist and film buff, it continues to inform my way of thinking about the art of directing, the business of church, and African-American identity.

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A Paul Robeson biopic helmed by Steve McQueen will be nothing short of extraordinary, especially as THE Harry Belafonte will have a part in making this film happen. What that part will entail of is unknown for the time being.

 

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McQueen has also been tapped to direct a heist thriller movie based from a 1980s British TV miniseries titled “Widows“, which you can watch on YouTube (from what I’ve seen so far, this may be another new British television obsession for me!)

Let’s not forget that McQueen is also working on his first television show to hit the States, “Codes of Conduct“, about a young Black man entering high society in New York. I. Can’t. Wait.

As for Ms. Nyong’o, she has the next Star Wars movie on her plate, as well as being the new face of Lancome Cosmetics.

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However, did you know that she has just scored another new film role in Mira Nair’s upcoming movie adaptation, “Queen of Katwe“? The film will be based on the real life of Ugandan chess prodigy, Phiona Mutesi. I am certain that Nyong’o will shine in her portrayal of Mutesi and maybe it could gain her another Oscar nomination….or award!

 

McQueen and Nyong’o….keep working, informing, and inspiring. I salute you!

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Don’t Worry About Lupita. She’s Got This.

Ever since Lupita won an Oscar, many people have been saying/writing, “What is she going to do next?/What can she do next?/She better learn how to produce her own projects!”. Well, while you were worried about Lupita, Lupita was on her grind, silently plotting her next moves behind the scenes. Homegirl is not only starring in the next Star Wars movie, but she is also producing/starring in the film adaptation of Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel, “Americanah”. Co-producing along side Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company, While it may look like Lupita’s career is on the fast-track, don’t forget that she took the time to train at the Yale School of Drama, went through the ABC Diversity Casting Program, acted in other productions before “12 Years A Slave”, and produced, directed, wrote, and edited a documentary titled “In My Genes.” Lupita knows what she is doing.

This is another star vehicle for Lupita that I just can’t wait to see.

Lupita Nyong’o Is People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Person

If memory serves correctly, this will be the first People Magazine that I’ll have ever brought with my hard-earned dollars and cents. Lupita has scored another magazine cover, and it’s one of the most prestigious. She is this year’s People Magazine‘s Most Beautiful Person of 2014. What makes this honor so special is that her beauty emanates not only from her physical appearance, but from her intelligence as well. I hope that her achievements and praise from her chosen industry will push other young females to work hard and know that there is beauty in having brains.

 

lupita-covers-people-mag CONGRATULATIONS LUPITA!!! 

 

 

Lupita + Lancome = HAPPENING!

Lupita Nyong’o is on FIRE this year! It was only a matter of time before she would snag a cosmetics contract, but we just didn’t know which one. Now the secret is out- Lupita has joined forces with French luxury brand, Lancome, and is the FIRST Black woman to align herself with the renowned cosmetics company. The campaign results will be anything less than extraordinary!

 

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BREAKING NEWS: And The 2014 Spirit Award Winners Are…

The film 12 Years a Slave was the big winner at tonight’s Film Independent Spirit Awards, gaining awards for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Supporting Female, and Best Screenplay!!!

Two of my favorite films of last year, Blue Is The Warmest Color and Fruitvale Station won for Best International Film and Best First Feature, respectively.

Also, unsurprisingly so, Cate Blanchett picked up a Spirit Award for Best Actress, while Jared Leto was bestowed with the Best Supporting Male honor and Matthew McConaughey the Best Lead Male prize.  I’m DYING at the fact that Jared Leto called Lupita his “future ex-wife”. If there were any couple that I’d want to see “happen” in Hollywood, Lupita and Jared would be IT.

For a full list of the 2014 Spirit Award Winners, click on this link.

 

Photo Credit: Randall Michelson/WireImage/ EOnline.com

Photo Credit: Randall Michelson/WireImage/ eonline.com

Photo Credit: Randall Michelson/WireImage/ eonline.com

Photo Credit: Randall Michelson/WireImage/ eonline.com

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Have You Cast Your Oscar Votes Yet?

My oh my this awards season has been one of the most exciting ones I’ve EVER witnessed. Even though I still haven’t watched all of the nominated Oscar Best Pictures, it’s clear that I’m missing out on those such as Dallas Buyers Club and Blue Jasmine, and that I should stay away from American Hustle. I’m at a loss for words in terms of the Best Supporting Actress race. I adore both Lupita Nyong’o and Jennifer Lawrence. I haven’t seen American Hustle, but I’ve seen 12 Years a Slave. Lupita’s performance in 12 Years is both vulnerable and regal. But JLaw is unstoppable. However, what if Sally Hawkins ends up as the sleeper winner in this category?

 

Lupita Nyong'o in "12 Years A Slave"

  Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years A Slave” 

Jennifer Lawrence in "American Hustle"

Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle” 

Sally Hawkins in "Blue Jasmine"

Sally Hawkins in “Blue Jasmine” 

Then we have a Best Director showdown that, for some, is most apparent between Alfonso Cuaron and Steve McQueen. (p.s.- I still believe that McQueen should have won a Best Director/Best Picture Oscar for Shame, or that Michael Fassbender should have gotten a Best Actor Academy Award for his performance.) Who will win? I can’t predict this one. I’d love for it to go to McQueen, but I would not be surprised if Cuaron walks away with an Oscar statue in his hands tomorrow.

Alfonso Cuaron directing George Clooney and Sandra Bullock for "Gravity"

Alfonso Cuaron directing George Clooney and Sandra Bullock for “Gravity” 

Steve McQueen directing Adepero Oduye and Chiwetel Ejiofor for "12 Years a Slave"

Steve McQueen directing Adepero Oduye and Chiwetel Ejiofor for “12 Years a Slave”  

 

All I truly, undeniably know is that Jared Leto, Cate Blanchett, and Matthew McConaughey are locks for accepting an award tomorrow evening. They have been scooping up accolades left and right for the past few months. How far all three have come, especially Leto and McConaughey. My respect and admiration goes out to all.  

Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey in "Dallas Buyers Club"

Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club” 

Cate Blanchett in "Blue Jasmine"

Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine”

 

Oh and let us not forget that Ellen is going to be splendid tomorrow. No doubt about it!

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Here’s to tomorrow’s epic day- I will be watching the red carpet/mani-cam appearances and live tweeting the Oscars! You can catch me on Twitter (@CandaceCordelia) for my thoughts. Reply and retweet away! The lot of us will be snowed in anyway, so let’s bust out our party favors and make the most of it!El