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    I hated the movie for two main reasons. The first being it feels more like a play then a movie, it felt to small in scope even though it’s set in the recording building. The second reason is Chadwick Boseman who was an incredible actor, but here he is so bad. I almost stopped watching every time he came on screen because his performance was so over the top and cringeworthy for me, and it didn’t help that his character was annoying and selfish. The two reason why I kept watching the movie is because of Viola Davis and Glynn Turman. Glynn was amazing and magical while Viola completely owned Ma Rainey. She was so magnetic and tantalizing and shes more than deserving of a nomination and honestly deserves to win, right now shes tied for my personal choice for Best Actress along with Meryl Streep for The Prom. All in all it was quite disappointing especially because I thought Chadwick would have this career defining performance after all I heard about but, it was so far off the mark for me, thank God Glynn and Viola delivered.

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    I really didn’t like Boseman in this at all. Loved Viola, Domingo, and Glynn.

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    Boseman is not cringey. It’s the script that made his parts a bit sudden and unfit.

    Like..they deliberately added those long monologues just to allow him to have his moments, caring less about the context of the film.

    Coen-Lynch-Fellini

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    Boseman is not cringey. It’s the script that made his parts a bit sudden and unfit.

    Like..they deliberately added those long monologues just to allow him to have his moments, caring less about the context of the film.

    Who’s they? You mean August Wilson? 🤔

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    I know, the Wilson slander, that’s the second comment from Marcus about it! Marcus, Wilson is a genius !!

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    Boseman is not cringey. It’s the script that made his parts a bit sudden and unfit.

    Like..they deliberately added those long monologues just to allow him to have his moments, caring less about the context of the film.

    Blatantly false. Levee’s monologues are all included in the original play, if you bothered to take the time to read it. Material was taken out for the film adaptation, not added in! The more you know.

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    Blatantly false. Levee’s monologues are all included in the original play, if you bothered to take the time to read it. Material was taken out for the film adaptation, not added in! The more you know.

    Educate them, please.

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    Who’s they? You mean August Wilson? 🤔

    Blatantly false. Levee’s monologues are all included in the original play, if you bothered to take the time to read it. Material was taken out for the film adaptation, not added in! The more you know.

    Educate them, please.

    I said it’s “like”…,if you bothered to take the time to read words.

    Of course we know it is from the play but that doesn’t change the fact that it is one of the reasons why some people consider his parts cringey.

    The film version could have adapted it better than what we get now. I love the parts of Viola and Glynn more.

    Boseman will win anyway.

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    I absolutely loved this film, which is odd considering how much I hated Fences… I hated it. I felt like this movie’s runtime was great, I never felt it to be long or got bored. The production was simple, but effective. Boseman was simply fantastic, yeah I do feel like it’s a bit unfair, same as Fences to award an actor for this type of film which gives them an insane amount of time for monologues, but hey. Viola was also amazing too.

    After watching The Sound of Metal and this, I’m picking Boseman, yes because it’ll be an amazing send-off to his career, but I also think it would be deserving. I’m still waiting to see The Father, before I make my personal best of choice.

    As for Davis, she’s the front-runner for me. But again, need to see more films.

    I’m predicting several Oscar nominations for this film, personally I think plays turned into movies shouldn’t get that much merit to be honest. But since I hated Fences so much, I’d be okay with this movie getting a BP nomination (which it will) and never doing this again. 😛

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    I just watched Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and felt compelled to make my first post here (I’m a silent follower of this forum). I can say with all honesty  that the only reason I was engaged throughout the movie was because of Chadwick Boseman. He was amazing and gave the only performance that will stay with me for a very long time. I’m glad Netflix submitted him in the Lead Actor category because that’s what he deserves. Viola Davis has no chance of winning Lead Actress (maybe Supporting), she did well but was barely in the movie. I can’t recall any Oscar-worthy moments from her, which is odd because she had opportunities but didn’t elevate the material the way Chadwick did.

    Also…I’ve seen all the debates and maybe the tragedy of him dying at such a young age, with such grace and dignity, added to the narrative and impact of his performance but at this point, who cares, it’s just what happened. I’ve seen much, much worse performances win Lead Actor (ex. Leonardo DiCaprio for the Revenant). If Chadwick wins, he’ll 100% deserve it.

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    Congrats to Ma Rainey’s today on their NCFCA & Chicago Indie Critics nominations!!

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    I felt like this movie’s runtime was great

    I 100% agree with this. I remember checking the length about an hour and 15 minutes in thinking I was only about halfway through, and instead I was 15 minutes away from the end of the film. This film went by at lightning-fast pace, which is crazy since it’s pretty much all talking and long monologues.

    John's Best of 2020

    Best Picture: Soul
    Best Director: George Clooney-The Midnight Sky
    Best Actor: Chadwick Boseman-Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
    Best Actress: Viola Davis-Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
    Best Supporting Actor: Delroy Lindo-Da Five Bloods
    Best Supporting Actress: Amanda Seyfried-Mank
    Best Original Screenplay: Soul
    Best Adapted Screenplay: The Midnight Sky

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    Watched it and the cast was phenomenal. SAG ensemble nod should be a lock and possibly a win. I’ve been seeing some Viola slander and chile I thought she delivered (as she always does). She was my favorite part of the film. I was so excited everytime she was on the screen. Chadwick was amazing but for some reason I wasn’t into his performance. I still would have nominated him on my personal list rn but I dunno about a win. Glynn Turman and Colman Domingo were both outstanding and should be in contention for Best Supporting Actor. Most definitely the former. Loved them. Strong film overall.

    FYC:

    Best Picture: "Minari"
    Best Director: Chloé Zhao, "Nomadland"
    Best Actor: Delroy Lindo, "Da 5 Bloods"
    Best Actress: Carey Mulligan, "Promising Young Woman"
    Best Supporting Actor: Glynn Turman, "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
    Best Supporting Actress: Youn Yuh-jung, "Minari"

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