This is the second part of my Oscar Predictions and I made these predictions. These are just how I think these categories will shake out, and in this second part of two prediction articles (Part 1 of predictions can be found here), I’m covering 8 of the 23 categories with the Screenplay categories, Original Song, Cinematography, Documentary, Editing, and the Best Leading categories.
A fictionalized night based on real events, this film hooks from its introductions. We see the characters doing what they do best – Clay fighting, Sam singing (at the Copacabana), Malcolm X speaking. Strangely, instead of playing football we meet Jim Brown on a porch speaking with a white benefactor called Mr. Carlton (Beau Bridges), where the banter is quick and the dialogue entertaining, as they speak to each other like old friends because of Jim’s fame. Then, Carlton drops a bomb, reminding Jim him that he is Black and Mr. Carlton is white. He says what he says so casually and with a laugh that it is shocking given the dynamic 15 seconds before.