For Django producer, an unexpected Oscar ride
NEW YORK (AP) - Mr Reginald Hudlin, director of films like Boomerang and House Party, never expected to be going to the Oscars as a best-picture-nominated producer of a slavery-era spaghetti Western by Mr Quentin Tarantino.
"I didn't think it was happening when it was happening," Mr Hudlin says, laughing.
The wide-ranging career of the 51-year-old filmmaker has included a three-year stint as President of Entertainment for Black Entertainment Television (BET), executive producing TV shows like The Boondocks, writing the Marvel comic book Black Panther and directing episodes of Modern Family and Everybody Hates Chris.
So when Mr Tarantino called up Mr Hudlin to ask if he wanted to help produce Django, he was stunned.