KU film professor brings his Oscar home to Northeast Kansas


A Northeast Kansas native is now known as an Oscar-winning professor.

Kevin Willmott took home the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman on Sunday night. 

The film was made with director Spike Lee about the first African American detective to join one of Colorado’s police departments in the 1970s. 

Willmott is from Junction City and is now a University of Kansas Film and Media Studies professor. 

KU professor Matthew Jacobson has produced multiple films alongside Willmott as a cinematographer. He said he is glad Willmott is finally being recognized for the great work he does.

“Winning an Oscar, you don’t much more recognition than that,” said Jacobson. “And I’m hoping what this is going to do is it’s going to allow him to starting bringing his big projects into Kansas, so that he doesn’t have to go to New York or Los Angeles to shoot a multi-million dollar film.” 

Willmott returns home Monday night and will be back in class Tuesday. 

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