Emmett Till’s Family Disappointed Over Film ‘Till’ Seemingly Being Snubbed By Oscars 

Emmett Till’s Family Disappointed Over Film ‘Till’ Seemingly Being Snubbed By Oscars

Emmett Till’s family is tired of his tragic story being overlooked.

According to reports, the family of the late Emmett Till is upset that the Academy Awards overlooked the film “Till,” which highlights a pivotal moment in American history. Emmett Till’s cousin and co-founder of his legacy foundation, Deborah Watts, admitted that they were saddened that “Till’s” lead actress, Danielle Deadwyler, received zero nominations from the Oscars.

Deborah Watts

Actress Danielle Deadwyler, 40, portrays Emmett’s mother, Mamie Elizabeth Till-Mobley, in the film. Deborah Watts recently spoke on Danielle Deadwyler’s performance and said that she,

 “embodied and delivered the true essence of our cousin, a loving and courageous mother, Mamie Till Mobley. She reached deeply and poured her heart and soul in this role as she embraced us intimately like no other, while transforming into Mamie and bringing her true essence and story to life.”

Danielle Deadwyler

“Till” is a biographical drama film that centers around Mamie Till-Bradley, an educator and activist who pursued justice after the murder of her son, Emmett Till. As you may already know, Emmett Till was a 14-year-old Black boy who was abducted, beaten, and lynched in Mississippi in 1955, after being accused of offending a white woman, named Carolyn Bryant, in her family’s grocery store. In August of last year, justice for Till was denied once again after a grand jury failed to indict Carolyn Bryant, who’s now in her 80’s, for kidnapping and manslaughter, due to lack of evidence, even though her accusations led to Till’s death 70 years ago.

The recently announced 2023 Oscar nominations had social media users in a frenzy as people noticed that there were no Black women nominated in the Best Actress category once again.

Following a limited theater release in the United States on October 14, 2022, and in Canada on October 21, 2022, “Till” was officially released everywhere on October 28, 2022.

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Authored by: Tsai-Ann Hill