KU Professor Kevin Willmott Nominated For 2019 Academy Award

“Our 2016 Gordon Parks Choice of Weapons Award winner Kevin Willmott, who is KU Professor and filmmaker, is being nominated for an Academy Award for the movie ‘BlacKkKlansman’,” said Kirk Sharp with the Gordon Parks Museum.  “He co-wrote it with Spike Lee, Charlie Wachtel and David Rabinowitz.

The Academy Award nomination is for best adapted screenplay for Willmott’s work on “BlacKkKlansman.”

On Tuesday, the film received six nominations which also include best picture, as well as director (Spike Lee), supporting actor (Adam Driver), original score (Terence Blanchard) and editing (Barry Alexander Brown).

BlacKkKlansman is based on the real-life story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American police officer in Colorado Springs, who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the late 1970s.

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