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Titus O’Neil Helps Make History With Oscars Nomination Announcement

TAMPA, FL – DEC 08: Thaddeus Bullard Sr. aka Titus O’Neil in the WWE flexes his muscle during the regular-season game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 08, 2019, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Titus O’Neil, through the middle school that was named for him, has helped make history in the latest set of Academy Award nominations.

For the first time in its near-century of existence, there is an Academy Award nomination announcement to come out of a middle school. Titus, along with 14-year-old Kourtney Anderson, announced the nominations for Best Animated Feature live from the Thaddeus M. Bullard Academy at Sligh Middle Magnet School’s gym live on ABC’s Good Morning America.

WWE issued the following:

WWE Global Ambassador Titus O’Neil and the Thaddeus M. Bullard Academy at Sligh Middle Magnet School made history this morning on ABC’S “Good Morning America” Oscars nomination special.

For the first time in its 94-year-history, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced an Academy Award nomination from a middle school. And that middle school was the Thaddeus M. Bullard Academy at Sligh Middle Magnet School in Tampa, Fla.

O’Neil, whose real name is Thaddeus Bullard, and his Bullard Family Foundation, have focused much of his work at the school and the Tampa Bay area.

Alongside O’Neil, 14-year-old Kourtney Anderson, an eighth grade track sensation, high honor roll student, and a rising star, tag teamed and announced the nomination for best animated feature live from the school gym this morning.

“Kourtney is a rose that continues to grow through concrete,” Bullard said. “We selected Kourtney for a myriad of reasons, but the number one reason is because of her heart and smile that will both one day change the world for good.”

“Good Morning America” broadcasted the nomination live from Los Angeles with Emmy-winning actor-comedian Leslie Jordan (“Will & Grace,” “The Help”) and Emmy-nominated actor-CEO-producer Tracee Ellis Ross (“black-ish,” “The High Note”). From LA, the cameras moved to Tampa where Kourtney was accompanied by Bullard, her great grandmother, who is the matriarch of their family, classmates, and Bullard Family Foundation supporters.

The live feeds from various locations were something new for the Oscars this year and was inspired by Emmy-nominated producer Will Packer, the first African-American tapped to produce the Academy Awards in its 94-year history. The awards will be held on Sunday, March 27, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

“Today we not only got to celebrate the best in cinema, but we got to celebrate diversity and the first black producer in Oscar history,” Bullard said. “Our foundation is about providing opportunities to youths in our most struggling neighborhoods to inspire them and to show them that anything is possible. We continue to try to bring opportunities to these kids to level the playing field and expand their minds far beyond their circumstances. I can’t thank Will Packer and the Academy enough for this amazing opportunity for exposure which will surely lead to expansion for so many of these kids and families.”

Titus O’Neil also commented on the historic moment via his Twitter account:

SEE MORE: WWE’s Titus O’Neil Named To Board of Directors Of Florida State Fair Authority

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