Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: Netflix Adaptation of August Wilson’s Play Gets Thoughtful Changes and Additions

He gives his original compositions to Ma’s apathetic white producer Mel Sturdyvant (Johnny Coyn), in the hope of recording his own creations.  Leeve, along with Cutler (Colman Domingo), Toledo (Gylnn Turman) and Slow Drag (Michael Potts) form Ma Rainey’s band.The film is largely faithful to the play with a few changes to bring out the play’s themes of Black exploitation, racism and interpersonal conflicts better.  With captivating and convincing performances by the ensemble cast, the movie manages to make its point: the existing white power structures stripping them off their power in the guise of helping them.

Oscars 2021: 2 Women Directors Nominated for the First Time, ‘Mank’ Leads With 10 Overall Nominations 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which announced its nominees of the 93rd Oscars on Monday, created history by nominating two women filmmakers for the best director award- Chloé Zhao for Nomadland and Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman. However, it was Netflix’s Mank, starring Gary Oldman as Citizen Kane writer Herman Mankiewicz, that clinched the most number of nominations with a total count of 10.

Oscars 2021: France, Denmark, Finland and Israel Announce their Official Entries

France, Denmark and Finland announced their respective official entries in the International Feature Film Category for Oscars, on November 19. Two of Us, directed by Filippo Meneghetti, is France’s official entry while Zaida Bergroth’s Tove  is Finland’s. Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round is Denmark’s official entry for the Oscars.