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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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Original title
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Year
Running time
94 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Play: August Wilson
Music
Branford Marsalis
Cinematography
Tobias A. Schliessler
Cast
Producer
Netflix. Producer: Denzel Washington. Distributor: Netflix
Genre
Drama | Biography. Music. Racism. 1920s
Synopsis
Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary "Mother of the Blues," Ma Rainey (Academy Award® winner Viola Davis). Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio's claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Chadwick Boseman) - who has an eye for Ma's girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry - spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives. Adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's play, MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM celebrates the transformative power of the blues and the artists who refuse to let society's prejudices dictate their worth. Directed by George C. Wolfe and adapted for the screen by Ruben ...
Awards
2020: Academy Awards: Best Costume Design & Makeup and Hairstyling. 5 Noms.
2020: Golden Globes: Best Actor Drama (Boseman)
2020: BAFTA Awards: Best Costum Design & Make up
2020: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2020: Critics Choice Awards: Best Actor (Boseman), Costume Design & Make up
2020: Independent Spirit Awards: 5 Nominations including Best Film
2020: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Actor (Boseman) & Supp. (Turman)
2020: National Society of Film Critics: 3 Nominations including Best Actor (Boseman)
2020: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
2020: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
2020: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Actress (Davis) & Actor (Boseman)
2020: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Actor (Boseman). 4 Nominations
2020: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Best Ensemble Cast
2020: Gotham Awards: Nominated for Best Actor (Chadwick Boseman)
2020: Satellite Awards: 5 Nominations, including Best Picture
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