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My Nephew Emmett Nominated for Academy Award

Filmmaker Kevin Wilson Jr. is nominated for an Academy Award after winning a Student Academy Award "Best Narrative" for short film My Nephew Emmett.

"I have two young boys and I was very curious about the feeling of having to watch imposters take and torture a child that you’re responsible for.  The feeling of helplessness that not just Mose Wright, but any parent or guardian feels in that situation is one I felt was worth exploring.  It’s a perspective that I’ve not seen very often cinematically."

- Kevin Wilson Jr., Frontunner Magazine

"I met Kevin while teaching him at NYU Grad Film School and saw great promise in him as a visual storyteller. He's grown to become a fine filmmaker with a very strong point of view.  His Oscar Nominated short film 'My Nephew Emmett' shows his ability to craft a compelling, visual story and speak truth to experiences black people are confronted with every day.  To be able to do both through film requires great talent...I have no doubt that he's going to go far in this business, he's got next!"

- Spike Lee

My Nephew Emmett 

"The most accomplished and beautiful of the year's nominees, this NYU pre-thesis film by Kevin Wilson Jr. was inspired by real-life videotaped testimony from the uncle of Emmett Till...Shot mostly in close-up and without sensationalism, My Nephew Emmett movingly captures the old man's mounting dread and sense of powerlessness as he waits out the night in silence until racist thugs arrive. We know how it ended, but Wilson's point is that when racism and inequality are baked into everyday life, their victims are routinely forced to go about expecting the worst."
-Ella Taylor, NPR

"Wilson treats the story with the intellect and considered beauty that’s typical of the Disciples of Spike."

-Soraya Nadia McDonald, The Undefeated

"Kevin Wilson, Jr. is a rare talent! He has the ability to not only create new worlds and show new perspectives in worlds we think we know via his aesthetic...he has the unique ability to speak an actors language and push them to performances that resonate with anyone who watches his work. He's meticulous. He's gracious. He's constantly in search for truth and his work is a testament to his skill and his love for filmmaking."

- Jay Ellis, Actor HBO's Insecure


Kevin Wilson, Jr. is an Oscar Nominated and Student Academy Award Winning Filmmaker based in New York City. His short film My Nephew Emmett, a 20 minute short film based on the true story of the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film at the 90th Academy Awards. It screened at film festivals all over the world including the New York Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and HollyShorts Film Festival. Wilson won the Gold Medal at the 44th Student Academy Awards, a Directors Guild of America Student Film Award and a BAFTA Student Film Award. Wilson's breakout "States United", a PSA aimed to prevent gun violence, launched to critical acclaim including AdWeek's "Spot of the Day."
Wilson is a North Carolina native where he studied journalism, got into acting, wrote stageplays and fell in love with filmmaking. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and in 2017 was honored with the Spike Lee Production Fellowship. In February of 2020, Wilson wrapped production on an Untitled Netflix Original Documentary Series. He is currently in development for his debut feature film. Wilson is an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.