'King Richard Wins the L.A. Press Club Award for Best Film Based on a True Story (Exclusive)
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reinaldo Marcus Green's novel that recounts the origin of tennis legends Venus Williams and Serena Williams under the supervision of their father Richard Williams (Will Smith) has been chosen as the winner.
The result was determined by a vote of the 1,000-member organization, which was presented with a ballot of ten films. This year's runner-up was Tick, Tick... Boom!, a film about Jonathan Larson.
In a statement, King Richard introduces viewers behind the headlines to expose their persistence, discipline, and competitive spirit.
"Bringing the truth of this father and this family to the screen was incredibly rewarding," said the filmmakers. It's not often we as audiences see or as filmmakers, get to tell such a positive story about the Black community on film. Receiving this honor really brings it home for us, knowing that the recognizes the unsung heroes, not only for their triumphs but also, and more importantly, their humanity.
All but one of the six past winners of the Veritas Award Spotlight, Hidden Figures, The Post, Green Book, Bombshell, and The Trial of the Chicago 7 has received a best picture Oscar nomination, and two have also won the same prize.
The National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards will be held in early February, thanks to Green, producer Tim White, and executive producer Isha Price (another Williams sister).