Boy, there was a lot of catharsis without the aid of alcohol in the movie “One Night in Miami.”
The Regina King joint has been recognized just as an audience-bereft awards season really gets cooking.
The Golden Globes nominations were announced on Wednesday, and the film received three nominations, one for its director, a best actor in a supporting role for Leslie Odom Jr. who plays singer Sam Cooke, and best original song recognition for “Speak Now.”
The movie follows the events that unfold after Cassius Clay defeats Sonny Liston on Feb. 25, 1964, sending his record to 20-0 and solidifying the boxer as a force in the sport.
While more iconic battles were in the future, this particular bout comes during a pivotal moment in his life.
The same can be said for those figures represented in this fictional retelling of the special bond among four men, each with a singular degree of involvement in the fight for civil and social equality.
“Knowing that three of them aren't here—we are here and what can we do? How can we use our voice? What does social responsibility look like for us? For you as an individual?" King recently said on “Good Morning America.”
"I hope that it challenges or encourages people to explore that within themselves and release what they discover about themselves and social responsibility to the world."
Clay would go on to change his name to Muhammad Ali, entertaining and engaging the world through a career that was as enthralling as it was polarizing.
Jim Brown would retire as one of the greatest running backs to ever step foot on the gridiron. He would launch a prolific acting career but see numerous allegations of domestic violence follow.
Sam Cooke’s hypnotic voice would touch millions before it was silenced amid a still baffling death by gunshot.
The movie’s protagonist, the figure moving the night forward is Malcolm X, challenging the film’s characters to meet the demands of a cruel and changing world.
The movie may be based in the 60s but feels particularly 2020s with athletes grappling with how to best use their platform and friends celebrating in relative isolation.
King’s nomination is historic in that she is now just the second black woman to receive a Golden Globe nomination in the best director category.
The unfortunate news is obvious. A movie that manages to provide a sweeping critique of the time, the historic measures of four men and also manages to present it all during a snapshot of time, a mere glimpse into a few hours on a balmy winter night in Miami, is no less than astounding.
The movie concludes with a sign of things to come with Cooke belting out that goosebump song performed by Odom with the kind of passion and reverence that gives you a heaping dose of feels.
It’s a rare movie featuring athletes that concentrates on life after the bell rings. And it would be easy to say it allows us all to be a fly on the wall, but that’s not doing the movie any amount of justice. There is far more empathy here. We the audience feel far more connected.
King’s depiction of four of the most iconic and layered figures in history is deserving of its nominations and then some.