The winner of the best first feature Ryan Coogler and his star Michael B. Jordan stop by THR and Piaget's lounge to discuss their award winning film and what it has been like to get the message out about Oscar Grant.
The director shares how the untimely death impacted him and why he wanted to write and direct a film about Oscar Grant's last few days. Plus producer Forest Whitaker and leading character Michael B. Jordan reveal why it was important for the movie to show every aspect of Oscar's life.
FRUITVALE STATION follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.
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