It does indeed deserve those nominations and more. It’s a shame that it didn’t get a nomination for best picture imo.If Beale Street Could Talk
James Baldwin, via Barry Jenkins, tells a love story set in Harlem in the early seventies. I didn’t realise it was the seventies till later, the deprivation and racism still looking straight out of the fifties. The love story develops beautifully in flashback until about halfway through when we discover precisely why he is in prison. After which the daily acts and effects of racism come to the fore, equally beautifully shot and powerfully made.
There are a lot of long, lingering, shots where the character just stares into the camera, almost asking us to stop for a moment and just think about what we’ve just seen. It’s very effective for a while, but is probably overused by the end, imo.
Marvellous score as well. Thoroughly deserved nominations for those awards too. Well worth seeing.