The Academy Awards is absolutely one of the most famous and most anticipated awards ceremonies in the film industry. Everyone hears about them. Most people will hear about the winners. Many will see the red carpet dresses. And no one can avoid hearing the gossip. It’s all about the acting awards.
But movie making is more than the acting performances. Have you ever stayed after the movie and watched the credits? The list of actors is finished within minutes. Yet the lists and names continue. These are the technical and creative people. The people who give the words to the actors and the story to the movie, the people who make the actors and the movie look good and sound good. These are the people who develop the story into a movie, who piece together all the bits of filming into a coherent movie, and film the action and emotion with the most skill. The lists of these people seem endless.
They are not pictured on the red carpet or shown on the cover of entertainment magazines in their designer dresses or tuxedos. They are not household names nor do they have thousands of Twitter followers. They do not have thousands of Facebook friends.
But their work is seen and felt by audiences around the world. The audience just does not know it. African Americans are among some of the most active, talented, and skilled members of this important group. They are the unsung heroes…until today.