Still from "Boyz n the Hood" (1991) Dir. John Singleton

Boyz n the Hood

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Nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, Boyz n the Hood captures the complicated lives of three African American men growing up in South Central Los Angeles. Groundbreaking in its depiction of the inner city—and prescient in its biting observations about gentrification, police brutality, and other social issues—the film drew inspiration from Singleton’s L.A. upbringing and made him both the youngest and first black Best Director nominee. (1991, dir. John Singleton, 112 min.)

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