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Raising Our Voices: ‘Respect’ Receives Outstanding Achievement in Hair, Makeup and Costume Design

Watch a video of Lawrence Davis, Stephanie “Stevie” Martin and Clint Ramos accepting the Raising Our Voices Award for outstanding achievement in hair, makeup and costume design for MGM’s Respect. The Hollywood Reporter’s Raising Our Voices series, presented by Walmart, focuses on emerging artisans from backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in Hollywood. The featured craftspeople […]

“You Can’t Help But Be Inspired by It”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With ‘Respect’ Star Jennifer Hudson

What is it like to play the Queen of Soul? For Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson, it was a great honor. Before Aretha Franklin died in 2018, she tapped Hudson, who stars as the lead in Liesel’s Tommy’s biopic Respect, to play her. “I was blessed to be able to meet her […]

Raising Our Voices: How Mentorship Opened Doors for Crafts Leaders on ‘Respect’

The road to Respect began with the Queen of Soul herself, who was involved in discussions about her biopic several years before her passing in 2018. Ultimately, it took a village to bring the life story of Aretha Franklin to the big screen for the first time. With the legendary singer already having anointed Oscar […]

Can Family-Approved Biopics Sway Academy Voters?

While Hollywood long has embraced the biopic, it has become more common in recent years for family members of a film’s subject — or even the films’ subjects themselves — to take on executive producing roles to ensure that the movie is as accurate to their vision as it is entertaining. Warner Bros.’ King Richard […]