Well, I watched The Oscars last night and it was fun. The setting was gorgeous, the cameras used to broadcast movie’s greatest night of the year felt so immersive it almost looked like we were watching a movie, and making it personal by giving the viewer a bit of insight into the nominees was an inspired touch.
Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) and Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari) had the most memorable speeches of the evening, cursing was rampant during an Oscar song game, Glenn Close did the ‘Da Butt’ dance on live television, and Frances McNormand howled to the rafters like a wolf.
The night was a win for people of color in a bunch of categories, with two Black women making history by winning an Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for the first time in the Academy’s 93-year history. And yet, at the end of the night, with only three categories left, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Picture, the night took a sharp left turn.
So, I finally just watched Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and to my relief, it was better than I expected. Based on a play written by playwright August Wilson, the film tells the story of blues legend, Ma Rainey (Viola Davis) and a tense recording session in Chicago of 1927 as she clashes with her trumpeter (Chadwick Boseman.)
The film lives up to the hype, delivering some of the best acting of the year. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is dark, powerful, and oh does it shine a light on the trauma of African-Americans.
In a time when racial tension is such a topic this movie is like a slap to the face with authenticity. Even though it speaks of race in a 1920s’ light it speaks to the horrors of our present so boldly that you can’t help but sit back and just take a deep breath.
Viola Davis is once again superb as Ma Rainey, delivering every line and moment with purpose and conviction. And Chadwick Boseman, gosh Boseman was gone too soon. This unapologetic depiction of an angry young black man traumatized by horrific events of his past may just be his best performance and is definitely deserving of every award he can muster. He’s already gotten a posthumous Golden Globe nomination for the role today and deservedly so. I honestly feel like he should win but I’m going to check out Sound of Metal next to see how Riz Ahmed does.
It’s still heartbreaking to think that Chadwick Boseman is no longer with us but as time goes on so must we. I’ve pretty much dedicated this week to the actor in commemoration of his legacy and as such I wanted to write this post which points out the obvious; Boseman needs to be nominated for a posthumous Oscar next year.
It’s happened before. Heath Ledger was nominated posthumously for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight, a nomination that culminated into a win for his chilling and very memorable performance. The last movie I watched featuring Chadwick Boseman was Da 5 Bloods and to say he was extraordinary as the commanding soldier, Stormin’ Norman is an understatement. I didn’t see Black Panther and that is saying something considering how great of a job he did as the Marvel superhero.
His role was small in the film but every scene he graced he commanded with such power. He undoubtedly deserves an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor for that role and yes, maybe even a win. That’s how great he did and I’m not even exaggerating. Just watch the film and you’ll see for yourself.
Do you think Chadwick Boseman deserves a posthumous Oscar for his role in Da 5 Bloods? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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My tributes to Chadwick Boseman are not finished and today, I want to look back at the first time I ever watched the film that would make him an instant icon: Black Panther. Enjoy!
Guess what?! I’ve seen Black Panther and spoiler alert, it’s magnificently, wonderfully, incredibly, awesome! I knew this movie was going to be good but boy, I wasn’t expecting it to be this amazing. From the first scene all the way to the last this movie had me beaming with pure joy and pride as I watched this film. I’m telling you, I’ve never been more proud to be a woman of color. This movie is literally a dream come true. To see so many powerful, smart black women and men was just…in a word, glorious. And that’s not the only reason why this movie was so enjoyable. The story was impeccably told, the visuals were jaw-dropping and captivating, the action, oh my goodness, the action was mindbogglingly epic, the outfits were gorgeously designed, and the characters were magnificent.
Marvel has clearly sent a message to the world with this movie and, I hate to say it, but it made Wonder Woman (another historic superhero movie) look like a joke in comparison. Black Panther was everything I wanted it to be…and more.
My sister and I have been writing short fan fiction stories and fan art on another blog of ours (2sistersonline) for years now and we have written several stories featuring the fictional world and characters of Wakanda. My sister, of course, has shared some beautiful art as well. For the next few days I would like to share this art and these stories in honor of this great man who gave us a black superhero that changed the world: Chadwick Boseman.
Written by my sister, this is In the Afterworld
T’Challa walked through the darkness, purple aurora lights floating above him, and stars twinkling. He was in the afterworld, where his ancestors lived, where he would find his father.