Celebrities Attend 2017 Oscar Week Gala 

Celebrities attend ABFI 2017 Gala

American Black Film Institute Hosts An Evening of Star-Studded Celebrations
by VERGE Staff  | Entertainment News | Friday, April 7, 2017

Academy Award nominated actress, Angela Bassett, breakout HBO creator/executive producer and star of "Insecure" Issa Rae, and Oscar-nominated, now turned Oscar-winning director for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, Barry Jenkins, were among the celebs, studio execs and stars at The American Black Film Institute's 2017 Oscar Week gala.

The American Black Film Institute (ABFI) is a non-profit cinematic arts foundation, whose goal is to preserve and promote the legacy of diverse stories in film and television, while enhancing the financial viability and broadened success of the artists seeking to bring these stories to the fore.  

"These types of nights must never end, as up-and-coming talent must continue to take the mantle. You must continue to be bold, be innovative, keep striving and keep challenging, growing and creating."

-Angela  Bassett

The annual ABFI gala which solidified its standing as a must-attend event of the awards show season, once again brought together a host of actors, producers, writers and directors, in celebration of the highlights of the year's accomplishments for artists of color in film and television, while benefiting their filmmakers scholarship program. 

The stars came out in full force for this love-fest of honorees, attendees, and the Hollywood elite - all vying annually to extend Academy Award nominated actors as well as a host of talented artists, good and well wishes on the upcoming awards, while also renewing friendships, and forging new deals and partnerships for the new year. 

This year was no exception as everyone from emerging talent Janelle Monae, starring in two 2017 Oscar nominated pictures, to Jessie T. Usher star of STARZ network's “Survivor's Remorse” and “Independence Day: Resurgence,” also took to the red carpet to attend the festive occasion.


Barry Jenkins Angela Bassett Issa Rae Janelle Monae attend ABFI 2017 Oscar Week Gala


Oscar winner, director Barry Jenkins proudly shows off his ABFI Award as Angela Bassett,
Issa Rae and Janelle Monae assure him it would soon be joined by an Academy Award, and they were right!

The star-studded crowd came out in support of the night’s honorees and the mission of the American Black Film Institute to aid inner city youth in their quest to learn behind the camera skills and production credentials through ABFI's "Young Filmmakers Making A Difference Program."

The evening was awe-inspiring and humbling, with honors going to Jenkins who shared heartfelt words and went on to take home double Oscar gold two nights later, Rae with her irreverent style, wit and story of perseverance, and screen icon Angela Bassett among others, sharing words of wisdom. 

Bassett summed up the night best when stating, "These types of nights must never end, as up-and-coming talent must continue to take the mantle. You must continue to be bold, be innovative, keep striving and keep challenging, growing and creating. Only in this way can we continue to pass the baton to the next generation of talent." Those in attendance said they couldn't agree more!

Source and photo courtesy of American Black Film Institute.


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