With ten Academy Award nominations, Netflix drama Mank may have gotten the most praise, but Amazon Prime Video has several as excellent – and maybe greater – films in the running. From Time, a poignant documentary about one family’s experience with the criminal justice system, to provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen’s fiery Borat 2, the streaming service garnered 12 nominations spanning four heartbreaking, funny, and never-more-relevant feature films. To see the list, scroll down:
1. One Night in Miami
The date was February 25, 1964. Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, Muhammad Ali, and Jim Brown, four Afro American heroes, retreat to a hotel suite to celebrate Muhammad Ali’s World Boxing Championship victory. However, as they express their views, individual goals, and varied perspectives about attaining racial justice in the current Struggle For equality in a fictionalised version of their encounter, the tone rapidly becomes introspective. This film has hugely dominated the Industry with its presence on Amazon Prime Video.
One Night in Miami- a film situated at the crossroads of tremendous change – is based just on the stage production by Kemp Powers and helmed by 2019 Academy Achievement award Regina King (for starring in If Beale Street Could Talk that year), and it crackles with purpose, optimism, and energy. It’s thanks in part to a stellar cast that includes Kingsley Ben Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, and Leslie Odom, Jr., where the latter was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of legendary recording artist Sam Cooke.
2. Borat 2
Borat, the Kazakhstan journalist, came to “Yankee country” in 2020, precisely when we needed him the most: in the midst of a worldwide epidemic and shortly before a disputed US election. Borat returns to America this time to present his daughter Tutar to Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo — and subsequently Rudy Giuliani – as a gift to help Kazakhstan’s ruined image.
The sequel is just as funny as the first, but it’s more politically charged, mocking Republicans, Covid-19 denialists, and QAnon conspiracy theorists. Expect to grimace the entire time as Borat and the delightfully deranged Tutar (Maria Bakalova) make everybody they come into contact with feel deeply awkward.
Time is indeed a personal, aesthetically lyrical account of the criminal law system in the United States, and its terrible impact solely on a single family, directed and produced by Garrett Bradley, who won the US Documentary award for directing at Sundance.
The movie follows Sibil, a mom of six, as she requests for her husband’s release from Louisiana State Penitentiary, where he is currently serving a 60-year punishment for his role in an armed robbery. Shot in monochrome and always combining 18 years of home surveillance video with starting source, the film follows Sibil as she referendums for her husband’s discharge from Louisiana State Penitentiary, where he is currently serving a 60-year sentence for his part It shows how this tragedy affects everyone’s life, especially Rich’s children as they grew up without a dad.