Friday, March 19, 1999

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  • Elia Kazan and the Blacklist

    On March 21, the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences will award a lifetime achievement award to director Elia Kazan, who is known for his work in "Gentleman’s Agreement," "On the Waterfront" and "A Streetcar Named Desire." He is also known for cooperating with the House Un-American Activities Committee, and informing on what McCarthyism referred to as "subversives"–fellow directors, screenwriters and actors affiliated with the Communist Party.

  • The Whitelist: No African-Americans Nominated for Oscars

    This year, with one exception, there were no African-Americans nominated for the Oscars. Wilbert Rideau, publisher of the prison newspaper The Angolite, who is serving a life sentence at Louisiana’s Angola Penitentiary, is the one exception. He was nominated in the category of best documentary for co-directing "The Farm," a film about Angola, the largest prison in the United States.

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