Spike Lee did not do much to hide his displeasure when Green Book beat his film and six others to this year’s best picture Oscar.
According to one report, the BlacKkKlansman director tried to storm out of the Dolby Theatre when the winner was read out by Julia Roberts.
“I thought I was courtside at the [Madison Square] Garden and the ref made a bad call,” Lee later told reporters, saying the film was “not his cup of tea”.
“I’m snake-bit,” he joked, using a euphemism for experiencing failure or bad luck. “Every time somebody’s driving somebody, I lose.”
Annie Leibovitz began her creative life like so many other photographers of her generation: with a basic SLR camera and some black-and-white film.
Years before she set a standard for inventive portraiture, Leibovitz was an art student shooting pictures of her life and family, showing a flair for the stylishly raw and playful, inspired by her love for the pictures of Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson. When a little-known magazine called Rolling Stone hired her in 1970, she brought that same eye to pictures of rock stars and filmmakers, the 1972 presidential campaign trail and a shotgun ride with literary outlaws Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe.
Photographer Rania Matar’s youngest daughter, Maya, was 12 years old when she noticed the first signs of the girl’s inevitable transformation from child to woman. “She was a late bloomer, and it was that point when her body had just started changing—and her whole attitude was changing with it,” Matar told me over the phone from her home in Brookline, Massachusetts. “I found that so beautiful, in a way…beautifully awkward
At the time, Matar had just finished a project documenting teenage girls in their bedrooms—environments that revealed each young subject’s personality, desires, and dreams. She had wondered what form her next series would take. As she looked at Maya, she found it.
The daughter of a former political aide had no idea she had a piece of history sitting in a drawer.
In May of 1964, less than one year after making his “I have a dream” speech in Washington, D.C., Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
King’s speech that evening highlighted the need for justice and called for an end to segregation as Senators in Washington, D.C., were debating the Civil Rights Act.