Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Surprise! Omen? Apple Plus’s “CODA” Wins NAACP Award for Best Indie Film, Has One Black Actor


Here’s a shock that may be an omen for Sunday night’s SAG Awards.

Last night “CODA” won Outstanding Independent Motion Picture at the NAACP Image Awards. There is exactly one Black actor in “CODA.” Getting the Image Award is a BIG deal.

“CODA” could surprise everyone and win the SAG Best Ensemble Award, and Troy Kotsur could win Supporting Actor. And then all bets are off for the Oscars.

I told you about “CODA” in January 2021 when it wowed everyone who watched it at Sundance. It’s the dark horse film of this year, and could very well go all the way.  “CODA” is from Apple TV Plus, which paid a record $25 million for it.

That the Image Awards didn’t look for a Black film is very interesting. “CODA” cuts across even race.

There have been a slew of Image Awards handed out this week. Tonight comes the final, live show at 8pm on BET. Let’s pay close attention.

Other movie awards last night went to Regina King, Supporting Actress for “The Harder They Fall,” Daniel Kaluuya, Supporting Actor for “Judas and the Black Messiah.” Also Outstanding Documentary (Film) “Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power” and “Encanto” Outstanding Animated Motion Picture.


Roger Friedman
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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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