Last year undoubtedly felt like a landmark year for Black films and filmmakers. Look no further than the Academy’s decision to crown its Best Picture to Steve McQueen’s 12 Year’s a Slave. Of course, look a little further and you’ll find many other critically acclaimed and financially successful films like Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Fruitvale Station, and The Best Man Holiday. It seems as though the filmmaking industry has opened its arms to diversity, but will this momentum sustain itself or is this just another “Hollywood fad”?
The New York Film Academy has put together an insightful infographic highlighting information, stats, and influencers that have and continue to propel Black film into the Hollywood spotlight. Have a look below and share your thoughts and comments on the figures below.