A number of A-list Hollywood personalities will be huddling in another state when the Academy Awards are handed out Sunday night in L.A., with a big draw being a benefit scheduled for the same night in Flint, Mich.
The AP reports that “Creed” director Ryan Coogler, “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, actress and recording artist Janelle Monae and other celebs have announced they will participate in Sunday’s benefit, being called #JusticeForFlint. The event was created in response to the crisis involving contaminated water in Flint.
“Hosted by comedian Hannibal Buress, the free show will serve as both a fundraiser and an awareness campaign, complete with performances and testimonials. Revolt.tv plans to stream it live,” the AP reports. “About the same time on Sunday night, Coogler’s ‘Creed’ is a favorite to win the best supporting actor Oscar for Sylvester Stallone’s reprise of his iconic Rocky character. It was the sole nomination for the critically acclaimed film, which many saw as yet another example of how the film academy is out of step with today’s audiences.”
DuVernay’s “Selma” was a nominee for Best Picture at last year’s Oscars.