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Lee Daniels Scores Historic Nomination

Precious director Lee Daniels made history yesterday, becoming the first African-American filmmaker to receive a Directors Guild of America nomination. My happiness for Daniels' deserved acknowledgment is tempered by a "what the..." thought that neither Spike Lee received a DGA bid for Malcolm X nor John Singleton for Boyz N the Hood. Are there other films from African-American directors passed over by the DGA?

Lee Daniels Scores Historic Nomination

Lee Daniels hugs "Precious" supporting actress Mariah Carey.
Lee Daniels hugs "Precious" supporting actress Mariah Carey.

Precious director Lee Daniels made history yesterday, becoming the first African-American filmmaker to receive a Directors Guild of America nomination. My happiness for Daniels' deserved acknowledgment is tempered by a "what the..." thought that neither Spike Lee received a DGA bid for Malcolm X nor John Singleton for Boyz N the Hood. Are there other films from African-American directors passed over by the DGA?

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