Apple has held the first screening of Antoine Fuqua’s film, Emancipation. The movie starring Will Smith as Peter, an enslaved man seeking freedom, is already making waves on social media for being a “powerful” film and considered a contender for awards season. According to a report by Deadline, the historical thriller Emancipation has had its first private screening on Saturday, in time for awards season. Apple Original Films, who won the rights to the movie in a record-breaking auction, and the NAACP hosted a screening of the film at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 51st annual Legislative Conference in DC.
Apart from Fuqua, who directed the film, and Smith, who stars in the lead role, a select group of representatives from the Black community were invited to attend the screening. Among these were members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Historically Black College and Universities, the Divine 9 (Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities), National Council of Negro Women, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Power Rising, and #WinWithBlack Women. Whilst Apple still has not set a date for the film’s official release, it is expected the film will be out in time for awards season. Prior to Smith’s ten-year ban from the Academy after slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars, for which he recently apologized in July, Emancipation was considered a prime contender. It is hoped, however, that judges will look past the incident and focus on the film’s substance.
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