Saturday, March 30, 2019

If Beale Street Could Talk

Saturday night, Sharon and I watched If Beale Street Could Talk on the AppleTV. This is the last of the films that we hadn't seen that was nominated for or won a major award at the 2019 Oscars.

The movie was chosen by both the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute as one of the Top 10 Films of 2018. It received Best Supporting Actress wins for Regina King at the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. It was also nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Screenplay at the 76th Golden Globe Awards and Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score at the 91st Academy Awards.

If Beale Street Could Talk was directed and written by Barry Jenkins. Jenkins directed and co-wrote Moonlight. It is based on James Baldwin's novel of the same name.

The film follows a young African-American woman who, with her family's support, seeks to clear the name of her wrongly charged lover and prove his innocence before the birth of their child. In addition to Regina Kings, It stars KiKi Layne and Stephan James.

While movie has some interesting parts and performances, I don't recommend it. I was shocked when I finally sorted out who Regina King was and her role in the movie. While her performance was good, it just doesn't seem like she has enough screen time to win a Best Supporting Actress awards...

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