1991. John Singleton stunned the world with his debut film Boyz N The Hood. Written and directed by Singleton, Boyz N The Hood shook tradition with its gritty storytelling and raw portrayal of the lives of three young men growing up in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles.
Narrating a story inspired by his own, he brought many issues to light revolving around race, violence, and the struggle for a better future. Boyz N The Hood showed the world a glimpse into a culture that was just starting to explode in pop culture, and it would be the launching point for the careers of many leading actors, including Regina King, Ice Cube, Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne and Cuba Gooding, Jr.
John Singleton would go on to gain Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. At 23 years old, he was the youngest nominee ever for Best Director, and the first black director to be nominated. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival and the audience reacted with a 20-minute standing ovation. In 2002, the United States Library of Congress selected Boyz N The Hood for preservation in the National Film Registry, a program established as a way to preserve films deemed important enough to be kept for future generations.