On the failures of the Academy this morning to represent the diverse quality of Black cinema in 2020.
An annotated table of contents including content both new and republished featured on RogerEbert.com in allegiance with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Matt writes: Kick off 2018 with RogerEbert.com's compilation of interview highlights from 2017, featuring several of this year's awards season frontrunners, including "Darkest Hour" star Gary Oldman and "Lady Bird" writer/director Greta Gerwig. It also features conversations with artists sorely deserving of more Oscar buzz, such as "Mudbound" director Dee Rees and "The Big Sick" co-writer/star Kumail Nanjiani.
Matt writes: With so many potential Oscar contenders vying for one's attention this season, I'd like to take a moment and recommend one that I absolutely loved. It is "Novitiate," a brilliantly acted and provocative drama written and directed by Margaret Betts. It revolves around a group of young women training to be nuns while under the strict guidance of their Reverend Mother (played by Melissa Leo in an Oscar-worthy performance). The ensemble includes some of the finest emerging talent in modern cinema, including Margaret Qualley, Liana Liberato, Morgan Saylor and Maddie Hasson. The film is currently in limited release and should definitely be sought out.
"Mudbound," "Darkest Hour," "Lady Bird" and other exciting new films received special presentations at the Virginia festival.