Barack Obama was a great president but not a movie critic, omits “Respect” and “King Richard” from Best of 2021


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Barack Obama was a great president, but he’s not a movie critic and frankly not very loyal where he should be.

Obama released his own list of the best films of 2021 on Thursday. Huge omissions: Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in “Respect” and Will Smith as Richard Williams in “King Richard”. Not very faithful either since Aretha sang at the 2009 Inauguration. And Hudson is from Chicago. And the Obamas love Serena and Venus. Weird.

If Obama likes to think of himself as influencing audiences, he’s left out two important black films and their stars – frankly the two black actors who have the best hope of getting an Oscar this year.

Obama also left “Belfast,” one of the best movies of 2021. And he included “Judas and the Dark Messiah,” which was technically in the field last year.

Also: “The last duel”? “Come on”? Let’s go!

Strange list. Mr. Obama, stick to politics please.


Roger Friedman started his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His film reviews are published by Rotten Tomatoes and he is a member of the film and television 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. mad) where he covered Michael Jackson. . He is also screenwriter and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive”, a selection from the Cannes, Sundance and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.


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