January 25, 2021 at 1:57 pm #1204001288
Kudos, Ms. Regina King! Fantastic directing debut!
Kingsley Ben-Adir is next up for sure! He honestly should be a shoo-in for a Best Actor, which is quite stacked right now. I know people have an issue with British actors taking on American roles, but when you’re good, you’re good, and Mr. Ben-Adir was more than just good! I also can’t shake the idea that he looks like Barack Obama.
Leslie Odom, Jr. should easily take a slot in Supporting Actor.
The scenes displaying tension between Mr. X and Cooke were what acting is all about.
Aldis Hodge and Eli Goree were also really good in their roles as Jim Brown and Cassius Clay, respectively.
I’m hoping it does extremely well this award season.January 25, 2021 at 2:23 pm #1204001347
Agreed. Ben-Adir should be a lock.
FYC: Michaela Coel and Rosamund PikeFebruary 1, 2021 at 6:07 am #1204012206
Nice work One Night in Miami for tour 6 Satellite award nominations today!February 2, 2021 at 4:59 am #1204013886
I’m praying that Regina is able to squeeze out a few major Best Director nods this season. Especially @ DGA, Globes, & Critic’s Choice.
The Oscars could snub her because their branch is snooty and obviously biased towards women & POC. But I still have faith she’ll be able to pull it off. ONIM feels like it will appeal to voters.
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👑Mary Wilson (1944-2021)February 2, 2021 at 8:39 am #1204014147
A very good film. I never thought I would like it. Ben-Adir was just excellent. He has a huge commanding presence and I can’t take my eyes off of him each time he’s on screen. I am hoping he’ll make the top 5 Oscars Best Actor. Leslie Odom was also excellent. A supporting actor accolades are very promising. I like the ensemble and King did really a good job on her film directorial debut. I also noticed the Editing was excellent.February 2, 2021 at 9:46 am #1204014308
This movie is underrated and is underperforming…it should win some best picture prize!February 4, 2021 at 9:24 am #1204021647
Odom, Jr. is a lock for Oscar nods 👏🏾
Regina getting in at the Globes is MAJOR! Hopefully DGA follows suit.
The Ensemble nomination at SAG was expected but still rewarding. 🙌🏾 That line up is damn near perfect.
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👑Mary Wilson (1944-2021)February 14, 2021 at 3:51 pm #1204042287
Finally had the opportunity to watch this. Solid directorial debut by Regina King. I could see her making the directing Oscar cut in the “year of the woman!,” or be snubbed entirely for doing less overtly showy work than her counterparts. It reminded me of her television credits where it’s essentially the acting that’s the highlight versus her unobtrusive camera work, which is totally understandable given her actor roots. That’s not to say that the film directed itself, or the actors’ characterizations weren’t clearly crafted by her strong efforts. It’s sometimes the perception that if directors don’t have instantly recognizable “tics” like the Scorsese’s & Tarantino’s of the world, they’re not seen as noteworthy. Hopefully the director’s branch rises above that idea, and more often than not, they do. Way too writerly in stretches, especially the beginning where the opening up from the stage play felt most obvious. I didn’t always like the endless permutations of “two guys sitting in a car,” “two guys standing at a phone booth,” “two guys talking at a table,” etc. Best in show was Kingsley Ben-Adir, who blew me away as Malcolm X. It was hard not seeing Denzel every time Ben-Adir was on the screen, but I instantly bought into his character’s urgency, gravitas, & presence. I hope this breakthrough leads to more substantial work for him. I can see why Leslie Odom Jr.’s coasting to an Oscar nomination and possible win. His singing does a good deal of the heavy lifting, but I think Ben-Adir elevated Odom’s Sam Cooke markedly, especially in the second hour. Eli Goree & Aldis Hodge were both fine. Hodge in particular should have been nominated last year for “Clemency.” More people need to notice how amazing he is in general. Ali can be such a caricature in the wrong hands, so it was nice that Goree could handle both the outsized personality & the quieter moments well. I liked the present-day implications with how POC celebrities & athletes are making such major strides in the BLM movement, compared to here where this foursome was at the cusp of super-stardom & reconciling how to best make their respective impacts to the civil rights movement. It’s all a lot to deal with, so kudos to King for tackling material like this. She could have chosen far more palatable material for her first film, & certainly adapted something that wasn’t so heavily tied to the theatrical mold.February 14, 2021 at 4:42 pm #1204042354
Watched One Night In Miami and it was a great movie. Regina King did an excellent job as a first time Director. Can see why Leslie Odom Jr got nominated because he was pretty good as Sam Cooke but Kingsley Ben-Adir should’ve gotten nominated for portraying Malcolm X and don’t know why.
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