Oscar Nominated Director John Singleton Turns 50 Years Old

Oscar Nominated Director John Singleton Turns 50 Years Old

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Turning 50 years old is director John Singleton, who at 24 years old became the first African American and youngest person to be nominated for an Academy Award. Credited for lighting the way for Lee Daniels, Steve McQueen, and Barry Jenkins. Known for discovering new talent, Mr. Singleton has just begun principal photography for season two of the new FX show “SNOWFALL” creating the landscape for a new crop of actors to become household names while simultaneously introducing a whole new generation to his body of work. In a 2014 interview, when Mr. Singleton was honored at the African American Film Critics Awards I had an opportunity to speak with him about black, film,race and culture. Take a look!

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