Special to Valley News
One good thing about the year 2021 in movies is that audiences might get two Oscar seasons. Usually, the deadline to qualify for a year’s Oscar race is the end of the calendar year, so December is often loaded with awards-chasers. But because there were so many releases pushed back in 2020, the Academy has decided to extend the deadline two months, so last-minute Oscar bait is actually opening now in February 2021. Hopefully, the system can be restored by the end of the year, meaning that there will be one margin of Oscar eligibility that lasts 14 months followed by one that lasts 10 months.
“Judas and the Black Messiah” is a film that is shrewdly positioning its release date at the end of the 14-month frame. And it is wise to do so, because