ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
Rating: About Ratings
Opens: 01/15/2021
Running Time: 110
Rated: R
Cast: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr., Joaquina Kalukango, Nicolette Robinson, Beau Bridges and Lance Reddick.
Crew: Director: Regina King. Producers: Jess Wu Calder, Keith Calder and Jody Klein. Executive Producers: Regina King, Paul O. Davis, Chris Harding and Kemp Powers. Screenwriters: Music: Terence Blanchard. Cinematographer: Tami Reiker.
REVIEW: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

All hail the king. Regina King, that is. The Oscar winning actress ("If Beale Street Could Talk") has done it again, this time with her outstanding directorial debut drama, "One Night in Miami."

“One Night in Miami” is based on Kemp Powers' 2013 critically acclaimed stage play of the same name. Powers also wrote the screenplay for "One Night in Miami" and is enjoying a banner year having also co-directed and co-written Pixar's animated film, "Soul."

"One Night in Miami," which bows on Amazon Prime Jan. 15, centers around Cassius Clay/Muhammad Ali's stunning, Heavyweight Championship knockout win over Sonny Liston on February 25, 1964. After the 22-year-old Clay (a fantastic Eli Goree, TV's "Riverdale"), shocked the world, he celebrated the occasion at Miami's Hampton House Hotel with his friends, singer Sam Cooke (played wonderfully by Leslie Odom Jr., "Hamilton"), football star/actor Jim Brown (a terrific Aldis Hodge, "The Invisible Man" and upcoming, "Black Adam") and Malcolm X (a sensational, Kingsley Ben-Adir, TV's "High Fidelity").

Of course, we don't really know exactly what these icons discussed that night, but the conversations here in this fictional account are about politics, sports, music, and religion, and are riveting glimpses into their lives away from the spotlight. Regina King brings out the best in this exceptionally talented cast.

N2Entertainment.net recently attended a Virtual Interview with Aldis Hodge, Eli Goree, Kingsley Ben-Adir and Leslie Odom Jr. and they talked about working with King and the dynamics of the film. REEL MOVIE NEWS

In "One Night in Miami," Cooke, Clay, Brown, and Malcolm X discuss being role models and the impact they have on society. They also express frustration and feel an obligation as black men to use their respective platforms to help other Black Americans during the tumultuous Civil Rights movement.

There is a lot to unpack in "One Night in Miami," but King and Powers take their time and skillfully let this story and its pointed dialogue take shape.

Guided by Malcolm X, we see that Clay is planning to make his transition to Islam and let the world know his name is now Muhammad Ali. However, Malcolm X is going through plenty of changes too. He's lost faith in his spiritual leader, Elijah Muhammad and is planning to leave The Nation of Islam. Plus, he and his wife Betty Shabazz (Joaquina Kalukango, TV's "Lovecraft Country") are living in fear as federal agents watch their everyone move.

Still, that doesn't keep Malcolm X from mouthing off and getting into heated arguments with Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) about his music. Malcolm X believes that some of Cooke's songs seem trivial compared to other pop stars like Bob Dylan's 1963 chart-topping protest anthem, "Blowin' in the Wind." He tells him to make statement songs like that.

Cooke did of course in 1965 with “A Change is Gonna Come.” Their clash and war of words regarding the direction Cooke should take his career, is one of the most powerful scenes in the film. There are others too, that are subtle, yet equally commanding like when Jim Brown returns home to Georgia and visits his old neighbor/friend, Mr. Carlton (Beau Bridges, TV's "Greenleaf"). Despite Brown's celebrity, he still doesn’t want to invite the football star in his home.

One can certainly make a compelling case that Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr., deserve every award imaginable for their remarkable performances in "One Night in Miami.” The movie also shows that King is not only a force to be reckoned with on screen, but behind the camera as well.

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<b>THE KID WHO LOVED CHRISTMAS</b> Title: THE KID WHO LOVED CHRISTMAS
Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 94
Production Company: Paramount
Director: Arthur A. Seidelman
Director of Photography: Hanania Baer
Screenwriter: Mark McClafferty, Clint Smith, Mark E. Corry, Lin Marlin and Sam Egan
Author: By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

REVIEW: There are a handful of Christmas movies that I absolutely must watch the week before Christmas.

They include: "The Preacher's Wife," with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston. It's a remake of the 1947 film, "The Bishop's Wife" starring Cary Grant and Loretta Young.

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The More You Ignore Me <b>(Oct. 13)</b> Title: The More You Ignore Me (Oct. 13)
Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 98
Production Company: Vega Baby Releasing
Director: Keith English
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

?THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME"

Mental Illness is finally getting a lot of attention, particularly on the big screen. The latest movie to showcase the illness is the dark British dramedy, ?The More You Ignore Me? which has been adapted from comedian Jo Brand?s 2009 best-selling novel of the same name.

Directed by Keith English (Disney Channel, ?Bus Life?), ?The More You Ignore Me? is a coming-of-age drama set in 1980s England and finds pre-teen Alice (Ella Hunt, TV?s ?Dickinson?) preoccupied with her favorite music group, The Smiths.

It?s about the only thing that keeps her going in dead end small town she lives in with her schizophrenic mother Gina (Sheridan Smith, TV?s ?Isolation Stories?) and her bumbling father Keith Mark Addy (TV?s ?Downton Abby? and ?The Salisbury Poisonings?).

Her mother?s outbursts are scary, and Alice doesn?t know how long her father will be able to deal with each violent and strange episode which often includes an infatuation over the local weatherman. They ultimately decide mum is better off at a psychiatric hospital.

Although ?The More You Ignore Me? is rather scattershot, the film?s eclectic characters along with Hunt and Smith?s impassioned performances keep it lively and on track.
(Recommended).

Editor's Note: "The More You Ignore Me" is available now on VOD.
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One Story Up/Cherish: A Visual Poem  <b>(Oct. 15)</b> Title: One Story Up/Cherish: A Visual Poem (Oct. 15)
Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 22
Production Company: First Look Media
Director: Terrance Daye
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

EPISODE ONE: "CHERISH: A VISUAL POEM"

Oscar winning director Roger Ross Williams (Documentary/?Music By Prudence?) is hosting a new, monthly series for upstart filmmakers called ?One Story Up? which premiered Oct. 15 and is available on the new streaming service Topic from First Look Media.

Topic features some of the most talented emerging directors and underrepresented voices in film. The series will feature one short film per month that?s chosen by Williams, who introduces each episode and then returns for a discussion with the filmmaker.

The films in the series cover a wide range of important topics, from coming-of-age stories on race and class, to chronicles of growing up Black in the South, all from exciting up-and-coming filmmakers.

The first short on Episode 1 is ?Cherish: A Visual Poem? from filmmaker Terrance Daye who is a 2018 Spike Lee Film Production grant recipient and a Sundance Ignite Fellow.

?Cherish: A Visual Poem? follows a young boy watching a spirited display of church worshippers at his home. His imagination takes flight and as he breaks away from his reality, he begins to experience a sense of renewed freedom and wonder.
(Recommended).

?Editor?s Note: Launched last year, Topic features North American premieres and exclusive programming from around the world, complemented by a diverse slate of originals. Recent programming includes: the weekly comedic variety series: ?Second City Presents: The Last Show Left on Earth;? ?Down from London? from executive producer Sharon Horgan; horror anthology series ?Soul City? from filmmakers Coodie and Chike; BAFTA TV Award nominee ?The Virtues? from filmmaker Shane Meadows starring Stephen Graham; Maria Bamford?s discussion show on mental health, ?What?s Your Ailment?!; and critically acclaimed documentary and narrative films such as ?Behemoth? and ?We Need to Talk About Kevin.?

Topic is available to US and Canadian audiences on Topic.com, Apple iOS, and AppleTV, Android, Amazon Fire TV and Roku, in addition to Amazon Prime Video Channels. Check it out.

Sno Babies <b>(Sept. 29)</b> Title: Sno Babies (Sept. 29)
Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 109
Production Company: Better Noise Entertainment
Director: Bridget Smith
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"SNO BABIES"

?Sno Babies,? from director Bridget Smith (?The Retaliators?) and screenwriter Michael Walsh (?Right Before Your Eyes?) is a dark and gritty cautionary tale about teen drug abuse. The film is available On Demand Sept. 29.

The film stars newcomer Katie Kelly (TV?s ?Game of Silence?) as Kristen McKusker. At first blush it seems as if Kristen has the world on a string. Her parents are extremely wealthy, and Kristen is the apple of their eye. She?s a good, Catholic girl headed to Princeton.

However, looks are deceiving and it?s a shame that her father Bill (Ken Arnold, ?The Night Watchmen?) and her real-estate mother Clare (Shannon Wilson, ?Halston?) are so caught up in with their busy lives they don?t notice how much Kristen is slipping away from them.

It all starts when Kristen is hanging out with her boyfriend and he wants her to pop a couple of OxyContin so she can experience the high of ?having all her worries and problems disappear.?

It?s not long before Kristen wants a new drug and her heroin addicted best friend Hannah (Paola Andino, TV?s ?Queen of the South?) knows what she should try. Hannah is a bubbly teen too and would rather spend her days shooting up than attending school.
Hannah soon convinces Kristen to upgrade to heroin. She even shows Kristen where to inject the needle on her tongue, between her toes and a few other scenic spots.

While much of ?Sno Babies? centers around Kristen and Hannah, there is also a subplot involving a couple played by Jane Stiles, (TV?s ?F.B.I.?) and Michael Lombardi (?Central Park?). They want to get married, but a family inherited nature preserve is causing them all sorts of financial problems and forcing them to put their plans on hold.

?Sno Babies? may be a jumbled film, but it still packs a powerful and important message for teens or anyone struggling with drug addiction.
(Recommended).

Editor?s Note: The official ?Sno Babies? soundtrack features some of the biggest names in rock music today. The soundtrack will include two tracks from SIXX:A.M. and will include the Top 10 hits from Country/Rock star Cory Marks (?Outlaws & Outsiders?) and from chart toppers Bad Wolves (?Sober? - the #1 hit) as well as new music from Eva Under Fire, From Ashes to New and Escape The Fate.

Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story <b>(Sept. 22)</b> Title: Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story (Sept. 22)
Year Released: 2020
Running Time: 84
Production Company: Shout! Studios
Director: April Wright
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

"STUNTWOMEN: THE UNTOLD HOLLYWOOD STORY"

?Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story? is an exciting, up-close and personal look at some of the most amazing Hollywood stuntwomen who drive the action and thrills of today?s biggest blockbuster movies. It also acknowledges the unsung heroines of the silent age of cinema.

Narrated by Michelle Rodriguez (?Widows,? ?The Fast and the Furious?) ?Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story?-- from Shout! Studios-- debuts Sept. 22 on the digital platforms AppleTV, Amazon, VUDU, GooglePlay, hoopla, Fandango Now, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum, Cox, and Charter.

Directed by April Wright (?Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the Movie Palace?) and produced by Stephanie Austin, Michael Gruskoff, and Marion Rosenberg, ?Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story? spotlights pioneering women such as Jadie David who served as the stunt double for the legendary Pam Grier in the classic, blaxploitation 1970?s movies ?Coffy? (1973), ?Friday Foster? (1975) and ?Sheba, Baby? (1975), Julie Ann Johnson (?Women in Chains?) who was the first woman to work as a stunt coordinator on a major TV show (?Charlie Angels?) and Jeannie Epper who doubled for Lyndia Carter in the hit TV series, ?Wonder Woman.?

These women reveal their passion for the profession and share some of their humorous stunt work moments. They also discuss how they overcame many obstacles; notably their struggle to be treated equally and how they help pave the way for today?s Hollywood stuntwomen like Cheryl Lewis (?Wonder Woman 1984,? ?Luke Cage? and ?I Am Legend?), Alyma Dorsey (?Joker,? ?Captain Marvel? and Jumanji: The Next Level?) and Amy Johnston (?Captain America: Winter Soldier? and ?Suicide Squad?).

"Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story" is based on the best-selling book of the same name by Mollie Gregory.

The film features the original song, ?Without A Net? written by Academy Award nominee Diane Warren performed by Mickey Guyton.

Directors Paul Verhoeven, Paul Feig and Anne Fletcher and producer Al Ruddy also talk about the importance of stunt performers in their films and reveal some tricks of the trade.
(Highly Recommended).

Editor?s Note: Some information used in this review obtained from Shout! Studios/Publicity.
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Prior to his TV and film career, Michael Warren was a standout basketball player for which of the following colleges?
San Francisco State University--Gators
University California, Los Angeles--Bruins
Cal State University San Bernardino--Coyotes
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THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

LEE DANIELS’ "THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY" WILL LAUNCH ON HULU FEB 26

The streaming platform Hulu announced that it has acquired the rights to Lee Daniels’ "The United States vs. Billie Holiday",which will debut on Hulu on Feb. 26.

The legendary Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, spent much of her career being adored by fans across the globe. Beginning in the 1940’s in New York City, the federal government targeted Holiday in a growing effort to escalate and racialize the war on drugs, ultimately aiming to stop her from singing her controversial and heart-wrenching ballad, “Strange Fruit.”

Led by Oscar nominated director Lee Daniels and introducing Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Andra Day, "The United State vs. Billie Holiday" unapologetically presents the icon’s complicated, irrepressible life. Screenplay writer Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, pens this intimate tale of a fierce trailblazer whose defiance through music helped usher in the civil rights movement.

NAACP Image Award Nominee Trevante Rhodes and EmmyNominee Natasha Lyonne co-star along with Garrett Hedlund, Miss Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Evan Ross, Tyler James Williams, Tone Bell, and Erik LaRay Harvey.

“Whether you are new to the story and legacy of Billie Holiday or know every note she ever sang, I do hope our celebration of this complex woman does justice to a great musical legend and civil rights activist whose artistry resonates as well today, as it did 80 years ago. Hulu releasing this film and giving it a platform to be seen nationwide is a blessing, because as recent events reveal, our country has much work to do in fulfilling its promise of a more perfect union,” said Lee Daniels.

Additionally, the first trailer was released showcasing the first footage of Andra Day as Billie Holiday. Link to the trailer: "THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY"

New Slate Ventures, Lee Daniels Entertainment, Roth Kirschenbaum Films are producing with Jordan Fudge, Lee Daniels, Pamela Oas Williams, Tucker Tooley, Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum. Executive producers include Hilary Shor, Jeremy Allen, Patty Long, Johann Hari, Cassian Elwes, Mark Bomback and Dennis Stratton.

ABOUT HULU:

Hulu is the leading premium streaming service offering live and on-demand TV and movies, with and without commercials, both in and outside the home. Launched in 2008, Hulu is the only service that gives viewers instant access to current shows from every major U.S. broadcast network; libraries of hit TV series and films; and acclaimed Hulu Originals like Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning series "The Handmaid’s Tale" and "The Act;" Golden Globe Award-winning, Emmy Award nominated and Peabody-winning series Ramy; and EmmyAward nominated series including Wu-Tang: An American Saga, and Pen15 alongside hit series Little Fires Everywhere, Normal People, Hillary, Shrill, Solar Opposites and Oscar and Emmy nominated documentary film "Minding the Gap" and critically acclaimed Hulu Original films "Palm Springs" "Run" and "Happiest Season."

The service also streams live news, entertainment and sports from 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal, CBS Corporation, The CW, Turner Networks, A+E Networks and Discovery Networks – available all in one place. Recent hit Hulu Originals include Little Fires Everywhere from Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, the TV adaptation of best-selling novel Normal People, comedy series The Great and the romantic comedy "Happiest Season." Upcoming Original releases include: "The Dropout" based on the ABC News investigative podcast and starring Kate McKinnon and the book to screen adaptation of "Nine Perfect Strangers" starring Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy.

Editor's Note: Information used in this report obtained from Hulu.


the 93rd ANNUAL OSCARS By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

JESSE COLLINS, STACEY SHER AND STEVEN SODERBERGH TO PRODUCE THE 93rd OSCARS

Emmy-nominated producer Jesse Collins, (left) Oscar-nominated producer Stacey Sher (middle) and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh will produce the 93rd Oscars, Academy President David Rubin announced.

It will be their first involvement with the Oscars, which as of this writing is scheduled to air live April 25, 2021 on ABC TV at 5 p.m. (PT/ET).

“The upcoming Oscars is the perfect occasion for innovation and for re-envisioning the possibilities for the awards show," said Academy President David Rubin and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. This is a dream team who will respond directly to these times. “The Academy is excited to work with them to deliver an event that reflects the worldwide love of movies and how they connect us and entertain us when we need them the most.” “We’re thrilled and terrified in equal measure. Because of the extraordinary situation we’re all in, there’s an opportunity to focus on the movies and the people who make them in a new way, and we hope to create a show that really FEELS like the movies we all love,” said Collins, Sher and Soderbergh. “Jesse, Stacey and Steven are the ideal storytellers to harness the uniqueness of this moment and celebrate the artists who are dedicated to telling stories that stand the test of time,” said Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment. “By enlisting this incredibly talented team of television and film producers, I’m confident we will deliver a prestigious event that will be remembered for years to come.”

Collins has produced numerous awards shows and events including" the Grammy Awards, BET Awards, UNCF An Evening of Stars, Black Girls Rock! and Soul Train Awards, and such television series and specials as “John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero,” “Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices,” “Change Together: From the March on Washington to Today,” “Sunday Best,” “American Soul,” “Rhythm + Flow” and “The New Edition Story.”

He earned an Emmy nomination for the 61st Grammy Awards in 2019. Collins also has been tapped to co-executive produce the upcoming Grammy Awards and executive produce the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show, both in early 2021. He is the founder and CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment, a full-service television and film entertainment production company.

Sher earned Best Picture Oscar nominations for “Django Unchained” (2012) and “Erin Brockovich” (2000). She has produced or executive produced more than two dozen major motion pictures, including such notable films as “Pulp Fiction,” “The Hateful Eight,” “Contagion,” “Garden State,” “Man on the Moon,” “Out of Sight,” “Gattaca,” “Get Shorty” and “Reality Bites.”

Her television credits include such series as “Mrs. America,” which earned 10 Emmy nominations, “Reno 911!,” “Into the Badlands” and “Sweet/Vicious.” She also served as an executive producer in 2018 on the Oscar-winning documentary short subject “Period. End of Sentence.”

Sher is currently a producer on the Aretha Franklin biographical film “Respect,” starring Jennifer Hudson, set for release in August 2021.

Soderbergh won a directing Oscar for “Traffic” in 2000 and earned a nomination for directing “Erin Brockovich” that same year. He also earned a writing nomination for “sex, lies, and videotape” (1989), his feature film directorial debut. A prolific writer, director, producer, cinematographer and editor, he has directed more than 30 films in a three-decade career, including “Magic Mike,” “Contagion,” the “Ocean”’s trilogy, “Out of Sight” and, most recently, “Let Them All Talk,” premiering this month. He also has produced or executive produced a wide range of projects for both film and television, including “Bill & Ted Face the Music,” “The Report,” “Ocean’s Eight,” “Citizenfour,” “Michael Clayton,” “Good Night, and Good Luck.,” and two seasons of his own series, “The Knick.”

ABOUT THE ACADEMY:

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 10,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, opening April 30, 2021.

Editor's Note: Tune in for The 93rd Oscars April 25, 2021 on ABC TV at 5 p.m. (PT/ET).


CCA'S CELEBRATE BLACK CINEMA By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs:

DELROY LINDO, JOHN LEGEND & MIKE JACKSON, TESSA THOMPSON, YAHYA ABDUL-MATEEN II, ANDRA DAY, ?ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI?? CAST TO BE HONORED AT THE CELEBRATION OF BLACK CINEMA

The Critics? Choice Association announced on Dec. 8 the incredible talent that it will recognize, virtually, at the Third annual Celebration of Black Cinema on Feb. 2, 2021. The ceremony will be hosted by author and media personality Bevy Smith.

San Francisco State Alum Delroy Lindo (?Da 5 Bloods?) will receive The Career Achievement Award, having conquered the big screen, small screen, and stage, moving audiences with his impactful performances.

Delroy Lindo can currently be seen in Spike Lee?s critically acclaimed film ?Da 5 Bloods? available on Netflix. Lindo has had memorable roles in films such as ?The Cider House Rules,? ?Heist? and previously garnered critical acclaim in a trio of films with Lee, ?Clockers,? ?Crooklyn? and ?Malcolm X.? He?ll be seen next in the Netflix film, ?The Harder They Fall.?

John Legend & Mike Jackson (?Giving Voice?) will receive The Producers Award. Eight years ago Legend and Jackson, alongside Ty Stiklorius, founded Get Lifted Film Co., which has grown into a major industry player, producing standout works across stage and screen and earning awards for many of them. Their current projects are the Netflix original movie ?Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey? and the Netflix original documentary ?Giving Voice,? which premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and features Legend?s original song ?Never Break.?

Tessa Thompson (?Sylvie?s Love?) will receive The Actors Award after earning critical acclaim as both star and executive producer of Amazon?s highly anticipated film ?Sylvie?s Love.? The period piece takes place in late ?50?s Harlem and centers around two Black people falling in love while individually working to carve their own professional paths amidst many challenges.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (?The Trial of the Chicago 7?) will receive The Breakthrough Award. Yahya, one of the most in-demand actors this year, most recently won an Emmy Award for his role as Cal Abar/Dr. Manhattan in HBO?s groundbreaking ?Watchmen.? He can currently be seen amongst an all-star cast in Aaron Sorkin?s ?The Trial of the Chicago 7? in which he plays Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale. The film, which has received critical and popular acclaim, is now available on Netflix.

Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, and Leslie Odom, Jr., will receive The Ensemble Award for their work in ?One Night in Miami?.... The highly anticipated Amazon film, directed by award-winning actor/director Regina King, features this sensational cast taking on four of the most well-known figures in history ? Cassius Clay (Goree), Malcolm X (Ben-Adir), Jim Brown (Hodge), and Sam Cooke (Odom, Jr.) ? to tell the story of a fateful night when all four gathered in a single hotel suite to celebrate Clay?s world heavyweight championship. They are already receiving critical praise for their portrayals that bring nuance and relatability to these superstars of American history.

Andra Day (?The United States vs. Billie Holiday?) will be recognized with the Special Honoree Award for her work in ?The United States vs. Billie Holiday. Day bares her soul as the iconic blues singer in the Lee Daniels-directed film, which dives into some of the deeper aspects of Holiday?s life when the Federal Bureau of Narcotics sought to punish her for singing political songs and integrating her audiences.

The event will also showcase a series of powerful photographs captured by Black filmmaker Tommy Oliver (?40 Years A Prisoner? ?Black Love?) around Los Angeles in the wake of the murder of George Floyd. Oliver utilized his platform as a multi-hyphenate visual artist to channel the energy of the protests, seeking to inspire, incite, and challenge those who would see the final images.

The evening will benefit the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences? Gold Program. The Academy Gold Program is an industry talent development, diversity and inclusion initiative to provide individuals, with a focus on underrepresented communities, access and resources to achieve their career pathways in filmmaking.

?The Critics' Choice Association is thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize the work of these extraordinary artists in a year where the intersection of art and activism has never been more necessary,? said Executive Producer Shawn Edwards. ?Each of our honorees personifies the greatness of Black cinema in 2020, and we are looking forward to a truly remarkable evening celebrating these achievements!?

ABOUT BEVY SMITH:

Quintessential Harlem girl, life-long New Yorker and Gracie Award Winner Bevy Smith is the host of Sirius XM?s ?Bevelations? on Radio Andy. Once a wildly successful luxury fashion publishing exec, Bevy shifted her professional goals over a decade ago to pursue a life in front of the camera. A pop culture aficionado and fashion expert, Bevy served as moderator of Bravo TV?s revolutionary ?Fashion Queens,? and was a former co-host on the nationally syndicated ?Page Six TV.? Bevy continues to be part of ?The Wendy Williams Show?s Style Squad.? Smith?s debut book ?Bevelations: Lessons from a Mutha, Auntie, Bestie? which details her transition from a fashion advertising executive into a media personality will be published through Andy Cohen Books, the new imprint at Henry Holt and Company on January 12, 2021.

About the Critics Choice Association (CCA)

The Critics? Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 400 television, radio and online critics and entertainment reporters. It was organized last year with the formal merger of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, recognizing the blurring of the distinctions between film, television, and streaming content. For more information, visit: www.CriticsChoice.com. Editor?s Note: Information for this report obtained from the Critics? Choice Association.