Wednesday, May 22, 2024

“Straight Outta Compton” Wins Best Picture at Russell Simmons’ All Def Movie Awards


And I was there, at Lure nightclub, for an ebullient seat of the pants start up awards show. Pulled together in 10 days by Russell Simmons, the first ever All Def Movie Awards was something those of us who were there will not forget. I got to meet great actors who aren’t often in New York: Sanaa Lathan, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy.

Amber Rose asked to take a selfie with me. Ice Cube and his son O’Shea Jackson Jr. were there to pick up Best Picture for “Straight Outta Compton.” The great Bill Duke was in the audience, as was J.B. Smoove. Tyrese Gibson and Snoop Dogg (smoking a joint, ‘natch) were presenters. I got to hear a very funny comedian– Tony T. Roberts, who will be in the new “Uncle Buck” TV show.

The whole thing will air all night Sunday on Fusion TV as a one hour special, against the Oscars. Just about everyone who got an award (called a Pimp) was thrilled because they’d never won anything before– or were nominated for anything. There was gentle roasting of the Oscars and white Hollywood, but nothing overt. Mainly I was impressed that Simmons could pull this together so quickly, and how nice it was for a first ever event.

My favorite line of the night, from Tony T. Roberts: “I was supposed to be in Straight Outta Compton, but I was too ticklish.” I don’t know why, but I’ve been laughing about that all night.

Refresh a little later today for more, and for the full list of winners and some speeches. By the way, Amber Rose won an award called Most Likely to Steal Your Girl. It was very clever, and so was she in her acceptance speech. Hollywood is ignoring an entire world that’s operating very successfully within its confines. Time to wake up, people.

All photos c2016 Showbiz411

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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