Three hundred seventy seven graduates will be honored Saturday during Savannah College of Art and Design’s inaugural fall commencement ceremony, at the Johnny Mercer Theatre. Academy Award winning director-producer Lee Daniels will deliver the commencement address.
The first film from Daniels’ production company was 2001’s “Monster’s Ball,” which marked Daniels as the first sole African-American producer of an Academy Award-nominated and —winning film.
Daniels’ project, “Precious,” featured at the 2009 Savannah Film Festival and based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire, won two Academy Awards in 2010 for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. The film received a total of six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing, with Daniels nominated as Best Director. This selection made him the second African-American director to be nominated for an Oscar.