Russell Simmons Launches First-Ever All Def Movie Awards

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 09:  Russell Simmons attends the Comedy Central Roast Of Donald Trump at the Hammerstein Ballroom on March 9, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 09: Russell Simmons attends the Comedy Central Roast Of Donald Trump at the Hammerstein Ballroom on March 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Categories include Best Black Surivor, Best Bad Muh F–ka and Best Helpful White Person

Russell Simmons‘ emerging video programming brand All Def Digital is hosting the first-ever All Def Movie Awards on Feb. 24 — just days before the Oscars — and the live event will be hosted by Tony Rock, the younger brother of Oscars host Chris Rock.

Awards will be recognized by members of the All Def Academy, who announced that the nominees for Best Picture of 2015 are “Beasts of No Nation,” “Chi-Raq,” “Concussion,” “Creed,” “Dope” and “Straight Outta Compton” — all of which were snubbed in the major categories at the Oscars aside from “Creed” star Sylvester Stallone and the four white writers behind “Straight Outta Compton.”

Members of the public can vote online for two categories in the All Def Movie Awards (Best Picture and Most Quoted Movie) through midnight on Feb. 23 by simply clicking here.

Other awards will honor Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director, as well as Best Bad Muh F–ka and other often overlooked categories such as Best Helpful White Person and Best Black Survivor in a Movie.
The All Def Movie Awards, which will be held just yards from the Academy Awards stage, will feature a Black Carpet for celebrity presenters, arrivals and VIP guests. The show will also feature a special live musical performance and a consistent stream of video content before, during and after the show on all of ADD’s social channels, including Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat and Periscope.

“If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself,” Tony Rock said. “With that in mind I have teamed up — I guess I didn’t do it myself — with ADD to bring you the ‘all inclusive’ All Def Movie Awards. We’ll honor the entire movie-making process. Great acting, mediocre acting as well as horrible acting. Soundtracks. Wardrobes. Maybe even craft services — the best part of the set. This is the award show Hollywood has been waiting for.”

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Source: The Wrap | Jeff Sneider