Thursday, June 20, 2024

Barack Obama Was A Great President But Not a Film Critic, Omits “Respect” and “King Richard” from Best of 2021


Barack Obama was a great president, But he’s no film critic and frankly, not very loyal where he should be.

Obama issued his own list of Best Movies of 2021 on Thursday. Huge omissions: Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in “Respect” and Will Smith as Richard Williams in “King Richard.” Not very loyal either since Aretha sang at the 2009 Inauguration. And Hudson is from Chicago. And the Obamas LOVE Serena and Venus. Weird.

If Obama likes to think he has influence on the public, he left out two important Black movies and their stars– frankly the two Black actors who have the best hope of Oscar nods this year.

Obama also left off “Belfast,” one of the very best films of 2021. And he included “Judas and the Black Messiah,” which was technically in last year’s field.

Also: “The Last Duel”? “C’mon C’mon”? Cmon!

Strange list. Mr. Obama, stick to politics please.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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