KeKe Palmer Receives Ossie Davis Award During Atlanta Film Festival, Brings Out Family!

On Saturday evening, the 47th annual Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) awarded Keke Palmer with the Ossie Davis Award, which recognizes creative excellence and dynamic contributions to the art of cinema, for her achievements across film, television, and music, all while bringing truth, vulnerability, and power to her roles. Palmer was presented with the award at the Atlanta premiere of Big Boss, a new short film that she wrote and her directorial debut. On the carpet, the first time mom also brought out her fiancé Darius and son Leodis (Baby Leo) Andrellton Jackson. See all the fun photos inside…

In Big Boss, a young woman from Chicago struggles to make it in the unpredictable, callous, male-dominated music industry, only to realize the greater challenge was learning to trust her own instincts. This is her true story of perseverance, self-love, impenetrable faith, and survival of spirit. 

“I’m very appreciative of this award. Thank you to my family, my friends, my fans, and the Atlanta Film Festival for recognizing me with this award,” said Keke Palmer upon accepting her award. 

“Keke was a natural fit for the Ossie Davis Award being that she is an impressive multi-hyphenate artist, working at the highest level in all areas of entertainment. We are thrilled to honor her in person and to show her film to the Atlanta audience,” said Christopher Escobar, ATLFS Executive Director.


KeKe wearing a Roberto Cavalli leopard print full length jumpsuit, cute !

The Ossie Davis Award, named after the late actor and activist, recognizes creative excellence and dynamic contributions to the art of cinema. The recipient of the Ossie Davis Award must also typify the award’s namesake, who, through his creative achievements, promoted human dignity and social justice. There have only been three prior recipients of this award: Spike Lee (Writer/Director of DO THE RIGHT THING, MALCOLM X, 4 LITTLE GIRLS, SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT) in 2005; Cicely Tyson (Actress in ROOTS, DIARY OF MAD BLACK WOMAN, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES) in 2006,  and last awarded to John Sayles & Maggie Renzi (HONEY DRIPPER) in 2007.


Photographer: Paras Griffin/Photo by Derek White/WireImage)

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