In Love Jones, writer-director Theodore Witcher turns the romantic comedy model upside down: instead of hating each other at first, poet Darius (Tate) and photographer Nina (Long) are instantly attracted to each other. Their close friends aren’t blindly supportive, and the couple goes to bed together long before the dénouement. In short, Love Jones offered a refreshing take on modern romance in 1997 – and it remains popular today, earning its place among our shortlisted films.
Director: Theodore Witcher
Screenplay by: Theodore Witcher
Starring: Bill Bellamy, Isaiah Washington, Larenz Tate, Lisa Nicole Carson, Nia LongSee all nominees