But...despite that Oscar win...Jewison could not find a studio to back him financially when he wanted to make 1984's A SOLDIER'S STORY. Why? Because it had a predominantly black cast and a script by a black writer. Charles Fuller wrote the screenplay based on his stage play.
The critically acclaimed STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, a film many critics felt should've been a Best Picture Oscar nominee, was #1 at the box office for three consecutive weekends. That was surely a first for an African American director. The director was F. Gary Gray and the hit biopic was a Universal Studios release. TODAY, the network morning show on NBC/Universal, gave no promotion to STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON even though Matt Lauer (with the show back then) is seen several times in the movie. TODAY gave attention to Universal's other 2015 releases -- TRAINWRECK, JURASSIC WORLD and MINIONS. TODAY pretty much ignored STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON. I am so full of gratitude to see each BLACK PANTHER guest segment this week on GOOD MORNING AMERICA. Representation matters.