Friday, March 19, 2021

The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Continuing our quest to watch all of the Oscar nominated films, Sharon and I watched The United States vs. Billie Holiday on Friday night on the AppleTV on Hulu. Andra Day's performance in the film is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

This is a biographical film about the singer Billie Holiday. It is based on the book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari. In addition to Andra Day as Billie Holiday, the movie features Trevante Rhodes [Moonlight], Natasha Lyonne and Garrett Hedlund.

Day won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama. The film was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song ("Tigress and Tweed").

Sharon liked the movie more than many of the other ones that we have seen this Oscar season (Nomadland, Mank, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom). I recommend the movie. I was fascinated by Billie Holiday's life story; I knew nothing about her. The movie does seem more than a little long and slow in spots.

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