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#1 Jan 22, 2009
What in the world are those individuals thinking, when they attempt to honor D W Griffith? How could anyone watch "the Birth of a Nation" and not know what this guy was all about? This is an embarrassment.
#2 Jan 22, 2009
In 1953, the Directors Guild of America instituted the D.W. Griffith Award, its highest honor. Its recipients included Stanley Kubrick, David Lean, John Huston, Woody Allen, Akira Kurosawa, John Ford, Ingmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, and Griffith's friend Cecil B. DeMille. On December 15, 1999, however, DGA President Jack Shea and the DGA National Board—without membership consultation (though unnecessary according to DGA's regulations)—announced that the award would be renamed the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award because Griffith's film The Birth of a Nation had "helped foster intolerable racial stereotypes". The following living recipients of the award agreed with the guild's decision: Francis Ford Coppola and Sidney Lumet. A fan campaign as since begun to restore Griffith's name to the award.
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