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The Oscars Made History But They Still Didn’t Have the Guts To Go There

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.

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‘Judas and the Black Messiah’: A Boring Movie With a Great Ending

This year I have been determined to watch as many Oscar-buzz movies as possible…or at least the ones that intrigue me and Judas and the Black Messiah was one of those movies.

After having watched civil rights masterpieces like Malcolm X and BlacKkKlansman (both by Spike Lee) Judas and the Black Messiah felt like the generic versions of those films. The story, based on the true story of William O’Neal, an FBI informant who is tasked with infiltrating and spying on the Black Panther party in Chicago, Illinois, moves along in a cliche manner.

There aren’t any surprising revelations, the musical score feels like the type of music you always hear for these types of movies, and honestly, the only thing keeping me at all invested in this film were the performances of Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya.

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