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    I have no words.  Well, I do: a tour de force, shattering, heartbreaking, important, relevant, necessary…

     

    Ok, enough.  It needs to win EVERY FUCKING CATEGORY AT THE OSCARS.

     

    Maybe I’ll write more; probably not.

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    I think it is a great work of art but what bothered me was that sometimes I felt stupid when the references to what’s happening right now are so explicit. I mean I got The analogies but I think it was a little bit obvious.

    but I think it’s a well told very story and I think Delroy Lindo should be a great contender for the lead actor not supporting.

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    Can’t believe Netflix let Spike Lee make the Vietnam movie from Tropic Thunder.

    I thought it was terrible.  Delroy Lindo is of course phenomenal (in a supporting role), but this is bottom of the barrel Spike Lee.  It’s overscored, incoherent, poorly written.  The history lesson is good and it certainly has an important message, but the execution is ridiculously poor.

    The characters are flat, the dialogue is trite and uninteresting.  Delroy Lindo feels to some like the lead, not because he is (there is no lead. It’s an ensemble piece), but because the other characters are so painfully 2 dimensional that his role stands out more.  His acting is spectacular however.  The acting from the 5 bloods and Majors is good, but pretty much everyone else is bad.

    I think a nomination and maybe a win (if in supporting) for Delroy Lindo is the ceiling for this stinker.  Can’t believe something this amateurish could come from Spike Lee.

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    It’s not a masterpiece. But it’s certainly one of Lee’s greatest directorial achievements.

    I predict nominations for BP, Director, Screenplay, & ESPECIALLY Supporting Actor!

    Delroy Lindo gives the best performance of the year (so far). He feels like an inevitable winner. His scenes are powerful.

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    Let’s start the campaign:

    “Delroy Lindo for the nomination in the Lead category”.

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    Lindo is definitely going Supporting.

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    Lindo is definitely going Supporting.

    Don’t think so. He’s so obviously lead and not just by the showiness of his performance.

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    Da 5 Bloods really doesn’t have a definite lead. It’s more of an ensemble. Lindo will go Supporting with the rest of the cast. Calling it now.

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    There’s a difference between an ensemble like Spotlight where there is no definite lead and everyone goes Supporting and something like, say, The Help where that is an ensemble but the leads are clearly Viola Davis and Emma Stone. Da 5 Bloods fits the latter. Lindo is in most of the scenes (and has the most standalone scenes. The story centers around his mental struggle) then leaves for 15 minutes and pops up with a monologue towards the end credits. That is lead. At best, it is a “The Favourite” situation, but even then, there aren’t two other central players to challenge him.

    He can win in Lead or Supporting, though.

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    Da 5 Bloods is definitely an ensemble film where no one feels like the lead.  While Lindo *might* have the most screentime and has the most interesting arc, I’d argue the film doesn’t really revolve around him the same way that previous borderline performances have that went lead and won (like Colman, Kidman, and Hopkins).  He doesn’t quite feel lead and I don’t think he’d win in lead.  They’ll put him in supporting and he’ll likely win there.

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    I thought the movie was pretty solid, I had some problems with the second half but overall was really good, with great performances from the 5 Bloods and Majors.

    If it manages to stay relevant enough for what’s left of the eligibility period, I see this getting the same nominations BlacKkKlansman got:
    • Best Picture
    • Best Director
    • Best Supporting Actor (possibly a win)
    • Best Original Screenplay*
    • Best Original Score
    • Best Editing

    *This being the only difference since BlacKkKlansman was adapted.

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    Da 5 Bloods is definitely an ensemble film where no one feels like the lead. While Lindo *might* have the most screentime and has the most interesting arc, I’d argue the film doesn’t really revolve around him the same way that previous borderline performances have that went lead and won (like Colman, Kidman, and Hopkins). He doesn’t quite feel lead and I don’t think he’d win in lead. They’ll put him in supporting and he’ll likely win there.

    I think it’s almost an ensemble movie. I disagree with most of the comments here: from the beginning of the movie I thought Clarke Peters was the lead. IMO Lindo submitting in lead will be a category fraud, unless Peters, Lewis and Whitlock Jr. are all submitted in lead.

    I think the movie was “ok”, but it’s definitely an Oscar bait. I wouldn’t be surprised if Spike Lee finally wins his Oscar for director. And I would love to see Lindo winning an Oscar for a Spike Lee movie.

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    I don’t think this can or will win for anything but supporting actor.  The ceremony is likely being pushed back to March or April which would be a really long time for this to hold any kind of momentum and this isn’t like an undeniably great film or anything that people are going to still be raving about nearly a year later.  Lindo’s performance on the other hand…

    They also just gave Spike an Oscar for screenplay and an honorary Oscar. I don’t see any kind of narrative for him winning Best Director.

    I actually think this will struggle to get nominated outside of Lindo.

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    I don’t think this can or will win for anything but supporting actor. 

    You’re wrong. Are you paying attention to what is going on here in the U.S.? This is the perfect time to award this film, which also happens to be deserving of every accolade and honor up for grabs.

    Lindo deserves to win Best Actor and that is that. Clark Peters deserves Best Supporting Actor just for his reaction to a pivotal revelation early on in the film.

    I also want to see it win – and it will! – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay. I would be happy with those top 5 categories, though I yearn for it to win EVERYTHING, both because it deserves it and as a definitive statement on the times we are living through here in America.

    I can understand criticisms of this film from a technical perspective, though I see no flaws, but I cannot understand nor can I barely tolerate apathy towards it…

    It puzzles me…

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    Lindo should go lead if they want to be honest with the film.

    But, if Netflix wants Lindo to win, he has to go supporting.

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