Sunday, February 28, 2016

Over-rated black performances




With the exception of Denzel's performance in Training Day (which I loved--he's one of my favorite living actors), I agree with black movie critic Armond White that the following Oscar-winning performances were over-rated: 

1990: Whoopi Goldberg’s update of the maid stereotype into buffoonish in “Ghost” (unlike her still-moving lead performance in “The Color Purple”).

1996: Cuba Gooding, Jr.’s “Show me the money!” football player in “Jerry Maguire” became the poster boy for self-destructive materialism.

2002: Denzel Washington in “Training Day” portrayed the most monstrous cop in movie history (“King Kong ain’t got #*^@ on me!”)

2002: Halle Berry in “Monster’s Ball” as a thieving, widowed mother, updated the black wench in sexual submission to a white racist.

2006: Forest Whitaker portrayed the murderous, psychotic, flatulent dictator Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland.”

2006: Jennifer Hudson in “Dreamgirls” gave an untrained, caterwauling performance as an overweight, R&B diva who was also a stalker.

2009: Mo’Nique in “Precious” played a nightmarish, barbarous, incestuous mother to a hopelessly obese daughter and disabled granddaughter.

2 comments:

Notarobot1 said...

"2002: Halle Berry in “Monster’s Ball” as a thieving, widowed mother, updated the black wench in sexual submission to a white racist."

...and an abusive mother, as well

"2006: Forest Whitaker portrayed the murderous, psychotic, flatulent dictator Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland.”

I'll have to disagree with this one. I rather liked Whitaker's portrayal as Idi Amin.

Ron Guhname said...

I liked it too, although I don't know about him deserving an Oscar.