Sunday, 16 January 2011

THE CULTURE REPORT: A roundup of the cultural news, happenings and insights we're buzzing about right now

BOOKS: West Indian Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott is a nominee for the 42nd Annual NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (Poetry). Walcott’s 14th anthology, White Egrets (from his longtime publishers Farrar, Straus and Giroux), was recently cited among the list of nominees, which also includes such other literary luminaries as Nikki Giovanni (100 Best African-American Poems), Alice Walker (Hard Times Require Furious Dancing), Camille T. Dungy (Suck on the Marrow) and Major Jackson (Holding Company).

The awards will be presented on March 4 during a live telecast on FOX. The NAACP Image Awards is the world’s premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of colour in the arts (television, recording, literature, motion picture and writing & directing), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors. Tyler Perry leads all nominees this year with 19 bids.

FILM: Mo’Nique, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar last year for her harrowing performance as an abusive mother in Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, will announce this year’s nominations on January 25. She and AMPAS president Tom Sherak will reveal the nominees in 10 of the 24 Oscar categories live at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills at 5:30 am.

Winners for the 83rd Academy Awards will be revealed during a traditionally glitzy ceremony at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on February 27. Films among prospective top contenders include The Social Network, The Fighter, Inception, True Grit, The King’s Speech and Black Swan. James Franco and Anne Hathaway will host.

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