Academy Award winning actors Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer celebrate new film about race and family amid criticism against lack of diversity in Hollywood. Rough cut (no narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner hit the red carpet for the premiere of the new family drama "Black or White" on Tuesday (January 20) night. "Black or White" follows the story of Elliot Anderson, played by Kevin Costner, trying to raise his bi-racial granddaughter. When the girl's paternal grandmother wants to be involved in her upbringing the family is thrust into a custody battle. Speaking on the red carpet in Los Angeles, Costner said "I just felt that it was a story that made so much sense to me and was a story of our time. You know, you can do a lot of movies that can be about, you know, romantic comedies or they can be political thrillers or in my case westerns or movies about sports and sometimes they can be about the moments in our life that we're actually dealing with and we are dealing with the issues of race right now." Co-stars Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie talked about the recent outburst of criticism against the film community for lack of diversity among the 2015 Academy Award nominees. "Black or White" is based on a true story experienced by writer and director Mike Binder. The film had a limited theatrical release on December 3, 2014 and will have a wider release on January 30.