Variety recently announced their predictions for the Oscar “Best Song of the Year,” which included 4 pinays including multi-GRAMMY award winning H.E.R. She just received her first nomination for a Golden Globe for her song “Fight For You” from the Judas and the Black Massiah film for the Motion Picture’s “Best Original Song” category which is usually an early prediction of The Academy’s nominations. She let fans know the new single will be released soon and the movie will be out on 2/12.
The movie is getting rave reviews and on many award lists as a potential leader in many categories. The movie is about the betrayal and assassination of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Black Panther Party. Starring Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield. “You can murder a revolutionary, but you can’t murder a revolution,” is what leads the trailer below:
ABOUT JUDAS AND THE BLACK MASSIAH:
In 1968, a young, charismatic activist named Fred Hampton became Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, who were fighting for freedom, the power to determine the destiny of the Black community, and an end to police brutality and the slaughter of Black people.
Chairman Fred was inspiring a generation to rise up and not back down to oppression, which put him directly in the line of fire of the government, the FBI and the Chicago Police. But to destroy the revolution, they had to do it from both the outside…and the inside. Facing prison, William O’Neal is offered a deal by the FBI: if he will infiltrate the Black Panthers and provide intel on Hampton, he will walk free. O’Neal takes the deal.
Now a comrade in arms in the Black Panther Party, O’Neal lives in fear that his treachery will be discovered even as he rises in the ranks. But as Hampton’s fiery message draws him in, O’Neal cannot escape the deadly trajectory of his ultimate betrayal.
Though his life was cut short, Fred Hampton’s impact has continued to reverberate. The government saw the Black Panthers as a militant threat to the status quo and sold that lie to a frightened public in a time of growing civil unrest. But the perception of the Panthers was not reality. In inner cities across America, they were providing free breakfasts for children, legal services, medical clinics and research into sickle cell anemia, and political education. And it was Chairman Fred in Chicago, who, recognizing the power of multicultural unity for a common cause, created the Rainbow Coalition—joining forces with other oppressed peoples in the city to fight for equality and political empowerment.
“Judas and the Black Messiah” stars Oscar nominee Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out,” “Widows,” “Black Panther”) as Fred Hampton and LaKeith Stanfield (“Atlanta,” “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”) as William O’Neal. The film also stars Jesse Plemons (“Vice,” “Game Night,” “The Post”), Dominique Fishback (“The Hate U Give,” “The Deuce”), Ashton Sanders (“The Equalizer 2,” “Moonlight”) and Martin Sheen (“The Departed,” TV’s “The West Wing,” TV’s “Grace & Frankie”).
While awards season is here, four Filipina American artists have an opportunity to break ground. Variety includes Eva Noblezada, Ruby Ibarra, H.E.R. and Cathy Ang in prediction talks. Predictions and nominations are regularly updated so we’ll have to be on the look out. These artists continue to make us proud so let’s continue to support them by listening and sharing their music! Congratulations to everyone!
The Best Original Song award is given to songwriters for an original composition written for a film. It is presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to those part of the motion picture industry.
Check out the songs below and make sure to catch the films!
2. A Thousand Cuts performed by Ruby Ibarra for the A Thousand Cuts documentary. Watch it on streaming platforms: Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and Vudu.
3. Fight For You performed by H.E.R in the film, Judas and the Black Massiah. The film initially premiered in the 2021 Sundance Film Festival with a U.S. release on February 12, 2021 in theaters and digitally on HBO Max.
4. Rocket to the Moon performed by Cathy Ang in the film, Over the Moon. Watch it now on Netflix!