Judas and the Black Messiah
Daniel Kaluuya was the thoroughly deserving winner of the 2021 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered by Chicago police at the behest of the FBI.
‘Hampton was just 21 when he was killed in a police raid on Dec. 4, 1969. That’s not a spoiler, just history, and I’d argue that knowing his fate in advance is crucial to an appreciation of “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Though it plays at times like a crime thriller — with stakeouts and shootouts, chases and interrogations — the movie is better understood as a political tragedy. The script, by King and Will Berson, is layered with ethical snares and ideological paradoxes, and while King’s fast-paced direction doesn’t spare the suspense, it also makes room for sorrow, anger and even a measure of exhilaration.’—A.O. Scott, The New York Times