The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the official nominations for the 89th Academy Awards®. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO, a bold new documentary inspired by legendary writer, James Baldwin, created by master filmmaker, Raoul Peck and narrated by Hollywood A-lister, Samuel L. Jackson, moves one step closer to winning an Oscar for "Best Documentary Feature!"
Following the announcement, the film's director, Raoul Peck, shared his thoughts on winning a nomination:
"I'm grateful and joyful to be nominated for I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO. All of our partners and the entire team are joining me to thank the Academy members who participated in the vote of this incredibly humbling nomination. We would like to thank especially the James Baldwin Estate and Gloria Karefa-Smart, James Baldwin's sister. Baldwin had developed a clear narrative about America's historical denial and irrational relationship with race and articulated it freely in the media during his lifetime. I'm not sure this kind of raw and profound expression would be tolerated today -even though it is more than ever necessary. I want to congratulate the other nominees who have made amazing films, most of whom are dear friends. Thank you."
"I Am Not Your Negro" hits theaters nationwide February 3, 2017. For a complete listing of nominees, visit the official Oscars website at www.oscar.com
Click below to view the official documentary trailer!