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'JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH'

'JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH'

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Remind everyone that Oscar voters loved LaKeith Stanfield's phenomenal turn in this movie so much that they nominated him for supporting actor, ignoring Warner Bros.' recommendation to place him in the lead actor category.

If Stanfield and co-star Daniel Kaluuya, the two actors playing the title characters, are supporting, who is the movie's lead? Perhaps the question should be rephrased: What is the movie's lead? Answer: Its timeliness. Though the events in the movie take place 50 years ago, its chilling look at systemic racism — the FBI-engineered police killing of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton — makes it profoundly relevant and, perhaps, the most important movie among the nominees. Consider that.

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From front to back: LaKeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya in "Judas and the Black Messiah." (Glen Wilson/Warner Bros. Pictures/TNS)

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