This Day in Black History: Feb. 20, 1992

120528 07: Best Screenwriter nominee John Singleton stands at the 64th annual Academy Awards March 30, 1992 in Los Angeles, CA. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded five Oscars to the film "Silence of the Lambs." (Photo by John Barr/Liaison)

This Day in Black History: Feb. 20, 1992

John Singleton was nominated for Best Director at the Oscars on Feb. 20, 1992.

Published February 20, 2014

On Feb. 20, 1992, John Singleton made history as the first African-American to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Director for his film Boyz in the Hood. At the age of 24, he was also the youngest to receive the honor.

Singleton's movie told the story of youth growing up in Compton, Los Angeles. He was praised for his in-depth portrayal of the characters and the accuracy of the adversity they faced growing up in the neighborhood, such as gun violence.

Singleton grew up in South Central Los Angeles and graduated from film school at the University of Southern California. He created Boyz in the Hood shortly after. The cast of the film were many famous actors and actresses of today, including Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Morris ChestnutCuba Gooding Jr. and Nia Long.

Singleton went on to direct other popular films including Poetic Justice (1993), Higher Learning (1995), Shaft (2000), Rosewood (1997), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and released Hustle & Flow (2005) through his production company New Deal Entertainment. 

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 (Photo: John Barr/Liaison)

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