Thursday, May 23, 2024

Barack Obama Picks Best Movies, Music of 2023, Skips “Nope,” “Emancipation,” “Wakanda,” Drake, Lizzo, Cardi B


Barack Obama’s favorite movie of the year was Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans.” On his annual list of films, Obama did not include “Nope,” or “Wakanda Forever,” as well as “Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”

I don’t know if Obama– the president who preceded Joe Biden– eschewed the Black filmmakers of the year on purpose, or just forgot about them. He also steered very clear of Will Smith and “Emancipation.”

In music, Obama’s choices skipped both The Weeknd and Drake. Curiously both of those artists skip the Grammys. Maybe Obama was being pro-Recording Academy. Aside from Beyonce, Obama went for mostly music that wasn’t top 40. No Lizzo, for example, or Cardi B or Megan Thee Stallion. No Chris Brown.

Obama also issued a list of best books of 2022. His favorite was “The Light We Carry” by his wife Michelle. He writes: “I’m a bit biased on this one.”

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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