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グリーン・ブック – 最悪のベスト・ピクチャー?


「グリーン・ブック」が、第91回アカデミー賞で作品賞 (Best Picture) など、3部門 (Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali, Best Original Screenplay)でオスカーを受賞ました。監督のピーター・ファレリーは、受賞スピーチで、「ヴィゴ・モーテルセンがいたからできた映画」と、ヴィゴを大絶賛。ところが、「グリーン・ブック」の受賞をめぐって、「受賞に値しない!」との論議が巻き起こっています。特に、「BlackKklansman」で初のオスカーを受賞した監督、スパイク・リーの怒りが爆発、「ハリウッドは30年経っても全く変わっていない!」

ハーレム2ニッポンでも作品のレビューをしましたが、「グリーン・ブック」は、人種差別の激しかったアメリカで、(白人の側からみた)白人と黒人の友情を描いたハリウッド作品です。白人と黒人でも、心が通じ合うということをアピールしようとした、きれいごとの世界が「グリーン・ブック」だと言えます。観たあと、ピースフルな気持ちになれる、娯楽映画として、よくできた作品ですが、脚本にかかわった監督のピーター・ファレリーをはじめ、スタッフ陣はほとんどが白人で、社会における黒人たちの本当の姿を伝えていない、というのは事実です。それでも、私たち日本人にとっては、アメリカにグリーン・ブックという黒人のための旅行ガイドが存在した、ということ自体新しい発見なので、そういう世界への入口となるこの映画はとても意義があると思います。

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Black History Month 2017: Oscar-nominated portrait of James Baldwin ‘I Am Not Your Negro’

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Oscar-nominated portrait of James Baldwin uses author’s words to bridge civil-rights past with our racially incendiary present

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The history of America is the history of the Negro in America. And it’s not a pretty picture.” These words were written by James Baldwin, the African-American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and fierce social critic. When the man of letters died in 1987, he had finished only 30 pages of what would have been his magnum opus, Remember This House, consisting of tales torn from the lives and murders of three of Baldwin’s closest friends: the civil-rights pioneers Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tmedgarevershe book never happened, but the movie I Am Not Your Negro, directed by the Haiti-born filmmaker and activist Raoul Peck using Baldwin’s own words, is alive and kicking ass. Nominated for an Academy Award as the year’s best documentary, this chronicle of a long, hard (and ongoing) struggle will compete with two other probing docs about race in America – Ava DuVernay’s 13th and Ezra Edelman’s mammoth, seven-hour OJ: Made in America. Peck’s film stands tall even in that distinguished company. It’s unmissable and unforgettable.

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Common brings “Glory” to Harlem

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By Ken Simmons

Academ y Award and Oscar winning entertainer Common performed a moving and revealing autobiographical concert spanning his entire 23 year music and acting career May 6, 2015 at Madiba Harlem MIST.

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12 Years A Slave Wins Best Picture Oscar

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“Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live,” the British director Steve McQueen said in accepting the best picture award last night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. “This is the most important legacy of Solomon Northup. I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery.”

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Lupita Nyong’o, the Kenyan actress who made her feature film debut in “12 Years A Slave” as the much-abused slave Patsey also won the best actress in a supporting role.

 Solomon Northup’s Autobiography

McQueen explained how he came up with the idea of making this film. After meeting at a Creative artists agency screening of Hunger in 2008, McQueen got in touch with screenwriter John Ridley about his interest in making a film about “the slave era in America” with “a character that was not so obvious in terms of their trade in slavery.”

Developing the idea back and forth, the two did not strike a chord until McQueen’s wife found Solomon Northup’s 1853 autobiography Twelve Years a Slave. “I read this book, and I was totally stunned,” said McQueen. “At the same time I was pretty upset with myself that I didn’t know this book, a firsthand account of slavery.” I basically made it my passion to make this book into a film.”