...respect is just the minimum...


you can hate me now.

black people all over are going to hate me for saying this, so i'm going to keep this short and sweet. i'm upset that jamie foxx won best actor. yes, i said it. so go ahead and commence with the hate mail and leave your comments below.

ray was a good movie, but it wasn't great or excellent. yes, jamie did a good impersonation of ray charles throughout the movie, but overall is he a superb actor deserving of an oscar at this stage in his career? no, not in my opinion. perhaps, he would have eventually achieved that greatness but now, with oscar in hand, he already appears to believe that he is great.

after winning his oscar, denzel did an interview and made a comment along the lines of the fact that receiving the oscar doesn't necessarily mean that your current flick (in his case, training day) held your best performance; it is instead a recognition of your achievement over the years. when denzel strolled up to that stage to pick up that award he deserved it. he had earned it. right now, there are so many other actors who i think have reached that point of achievement where they've earned that type of respect. unfortnately, right now, jamie isn't one of them. i'm not hating on him, i still respect him and how he went about preparing for his role in ray. but to see jamie foxx receive an oscar for best actor ahead of people like morgan freeman and james earl jones and billy dee williams. look at how long someone like al pacino had to wait; it wasn't till his fifth nomination that he actually walked to that stage to receive an oscar for best actor. yetm he earned it.

it feels like they're trying to shut us up. i guess hearing us whine about the fact that denzel deserved that oscar for other great roles has gotten tired, so jamie got an oscar to pacify us.

don cheadle was also nominated in this category for his role in hotel rwanda. a movie that had me in tears, which gripped me so much more than ray did. but then why would we want to recognize a movie that brings to light so much that they want us to forget?

rotating...Nuyorican Soul
anticipating...celebrating my born day tomorrow, hard to believe i'll be 26


  • At Wed. Mar. 02, 05:28:00 a.m. EST, Blogger obifromsouthlondon said…

    shizzzzz you'll be 26 tomorrow. happy b'day already. I think pisces is the best star sign ever. I mean that lol. Happy birthday girl.

    Ray hmmm. see thats why I dont even watch the oscars no more. I can't wait to see hotel rwanda. saw an photo exhibition on the atrocities a few years ago that got me reflecting on human nature.

    Nuyorican soul rotating? yeah I love that album. If u into some D'nB check 4Hero's remix of "black gold in the sun". very heavy indeed.

  • At Wed. Mar. 02, 10:26:00 p.m. EST, Blogger plotty said…

    dayum... great post and interesting perspective.

  • At Sat. Mar. 05, 04:23:00 p.m. EST, Blogger summer m. said…

    though washington is right in saying that often actors aren't given the oscar for their current performance, i think we need to think hard about the fact that it took washington playing a crooked cop to get recognized as a best actor. that cannot be taken lightly.


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