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Director Elegance Bratton had a big night at this year's NAACP Image Awards taking home the award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture for his gay military drama “The Inspection”.
Bratton took to Instagram with a set of photos with the caption from the award ceremony:
"This is not a test!! @theinspectionmovie won best independent film @naacpimageawards !!! Thank you to all who voted for us and congratulations to the other films nominated. Thank you @a24 for believing in us and the project! @gamechangerfilms thank you for your support.
Thank you @jeremypope & @gabunion @raulcastillo @therealbokeem and the entire cast for your trust. Thank you to our incredible team @wme@schoolboyrowe @cameronmwashington @anitas8@lachlanmilne and our wildly gifted camera team! @styledbyfern @vcp_jay @t__l__o__v__e @eriklouisrobert @amandalash_muaour incredible editor @oriana11 It means the world to me that my community embraces this film.”
He continued the post by shouting out W.E.B DuBois who he called the most influential voice in his head when he contemplates the black condition in the U.S. and the world.
“He’s my biggest hero! He also started the @naacp as a black gay man I’m so grateful to be held and for my voice to be prioritized. My mother used to say to me every morning to be a credit to my race. I grew up reciting Martin Luther King and Malcolm X together on rainy Sundays so she knew I was absorbing the positive messages I need to become a good citizen and black man strong enough to endure/overcome white supremacy. To have this award affirms her intention for my life. Thank you so much onward!!!"
Set in the 1990s during the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell era, the film stars Emmy and Tony award nominee Jeremy Pope as Ellish French, a troubled gay Black man who enlists in the Marine Corps after facing rejection from his mother (Gabrielle Union).
Pope took to his Instagram story to congratulate Bratton on the win saying: “our film @eleagrancebratton outstanding independent picture thank you @naacpawards"
Before its theatrical release in November, the film made its world premiere at the 2022 Toronto Film Festival and was selected as the closing film at the 60th New York Film Festival.
Since its debut, the film has collected several nominations and accolades including three Black Reel Awards, an African-American Film Critics Association Award, and a Golden Globe nomination.