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    AmnistY21
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    This must be absolutely amazing if it’s up to almost 90 on MC. I can’t wait to watch it and I hope it lives up to the hype.

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    Up to an 88 on MC as more 100 scores pour in!

    Yasssssssss!

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    Chadwick Boseman:
    In what was an all-around rough year, we’re at least fortunate to have not just one but two terrific Chadwick Boseman performances, counterweights to the sorrow of losing him. In Spike Lee’s fiery Vietnam-revisited drama Da 5 Bloods, Boseman plays Stormin’ Norman, a squad leader revered by his soldiers. Unlike them, he didn’t survive the war. He appears only in flashback, a righteous apparition with an encyclopedic knowledge of Black history and resistance; in Boseman’s hands, his conviction is radically alive. And in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, a film adaptation of August Wilson’s 1982 play, Boseman’s portrayal of Levee, a brilliant, charismatic trumpet player, glistens: Levee’s ideas are too big for the constrained world around him, and though he carries rage and suffering in his heart, he strains to keep those those things from defining him. As Boseman plays him, his contradictions are as knotty as a flexed bicep and there’s both joy and haunted anger in his eyes. This performance is one sustained, bent note, with so many subtle gradations it registers as a symphony.

    Can I be a little weird here? I ask, because I can. I like to go on YouTube and rewatch Academy Award winners receiving their Oscars and one of my favorites is Olivia Colman winning Best Actress. As she walks up on stage and starts her speech, you can see Chadwick Boseman in the audience clapping for her. Just recently, as I watch the clip, I wondered about him. Just where he was with his life at that moment. I hope he knew how wonderful an actor he was and his impact on so many folk. I hope he wins the Oscar for “Ma Rainey” and I hope, although I’m not much of a believer, that somehow, somewhere he knows….

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    Can I be a little weird here? I ask, because I can. I like to go on YouTube and rewatch Academy Award winners receiving their Oscars and one of my favorites is Olivia Colman winning Best Actress. As she walks up on stage and starts her speech, you can see Chadwick Boseman in the audience clapping for her. Just recently, as I watch the clip, I wondered about him. Just where he was with his life at that moment. I hope he knew how wonderful an actor he was and his impact on so many folk. I hope he wins the Oscar for “Ma Rainey” and I hope, although I’m not much of a believer, that somehow, somewhere he knows….

    That’s not weird. That’s beautiful. 😢

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    Now, while I know “Fences” missed Best Motion Picture
    -Drama at the Golden Globes….Do we think Ma Rainey can make it into 1 of the 5 spots?

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    Now, while I know “Fences” missed Best Motion Picture -Drama at the Golden Globes….Do we think Ma Rainey can make it into 1 of the 5 spots?

    I think its possible but im currently not predicting it

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    Yeah, I think it’s a strong possibility..

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    The Gotham Awards will do a special tribute to Queen Viola & a posthumous tribute for King Chadwick!

    The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP, and Filmmaker‘s publisher) announced today that Chadwick Boseman will receive a posthumous Actor Tribute and Viola Davis an Actress Tribute at the upcoming 30th Anniversary Edition of the Gotham Awards.

    “Chadwick Boseman was an incredibly talented actor whose significance and impact onscreen and kindness offscreen will never be forgotten. We at IFP are forever indebted to him for all of his contributions to our organization, his legacy in providing mentorship and we are proud to honor him and all of his historical and groundbreaking contributions with this tribute,” said Jeffrey Sharp, Executive Director of IFP in a press release. “Viola Davis is a force within the industry, acting in some of the most culturally impactful and influential films of the past two decades. While universally recognized in her achievements on the stage, television and film, her extraordinary performance in ​Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is in many ways the culmination of an entire career. Chadwick and Viola’s work on this film marks the first year in which The Gotham Awards have honored two actors from the same film with a tribute. Both are champions within our industry and we look forward to celebrating their accomplishments.”

    The Gotham Awards will be presented live from Cipriani Wall Street in New York on January 11, 2021 in a hybrid format with virtual interactive tables and will follow COVID-19 health and safety protocols

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    Justmimusicmon
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    DCurrie, you stay finding the goods on Ma Rainey’s! Lol

    Great news, and yet MORE promo for both of them!

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    Someonelikeme
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    Lol oh the irony of them snubbing her for a nomination. But, this is certainly great publicity and news! It’s been everywhere this afternoon!’

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    DCurrie
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    Queen Viola will be on 60 minutes promoting she and King Chadwick and their soon to be released/streamed “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”…

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    Justmimusicmon
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    Still sitting pretty with an 87 score on Metacritic!

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    DCurrie
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    That was such a great interview on 60 minutes! She is on one hell of a campaign ride!

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    I love how she described “The Woman King” as the female “Braveheart”. I love how she is also making diversified roles happen for herself as well.

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    I think this one is actually Netflix’s #1 priority right now.

    My profile on Letterboxd https://letterboxd.com/Icecreamb

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