Listen To Harry Belafonte’s New York Film Critics Circle Awards Speech On Race & Cinema

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by Tambay A. Obenson
January 7, 2014 1:14 PM
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While Armond White was seemingly more interested in heckling Steve McQueen during last night's 79th annual New York Film Critics Circle Awards celebration in New York, Harry Belafonte who presented McQueen with the organization's Best Director award for 12 Years A Slave, delivered a speech on race and the power of cinema, taking attendees on a trip back in time, to his earliest memories of cinema, through the 20th century, to the present, and the journey of African Americans throughout that history.

Ultimately, it was an ode to McQueen and the film he was awarded for - 12 Years A Slave.

The 86-year-old Belafonte reportedly left many speechless, and received a standing ovation after his homily.

Thankfully, an audio recording of the moment was captured by an attendee, and has now surfaced online, and is embedded below, so listen to it:

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2 Comments

  • James | January 7, 2014 1:55 PMReply

    This and Mr. McQueen should have been the story all along, not the other. This explains why Mr. McQueen was in tears. Two men with class should always be more important than one idiot without any. Thanks for putting this up.

  • Sergio | January 7, 2014 1:47 PMReply

    All of which makes Armond White a bigger dick that he already is and his comments (which you can just make out around the 6:39 mark) even more offensive. What happened? His father abandoned the family and he was constantly beaten by his mother?

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