Even though the National Board of Review is not neccesarily regarded as highly respected reviewing body, the awards themselves are important because they kick off award season, as well as paint a picture of the unseen films yet to come out over the rest of the month.
I was excited that the NBR chose Djimon Hounsou as the award winner for Best Supporting Actor.
Since my first screening of the film In America, this film has slowly become more and more one of my favorite films, if not my favorite. Djimon Hounsou's academy award nominated role in "In America" is not only intriguing, but also very unique.
My favorite scene from the movie is when Matteo (Hounsou) comes face to face with Johnny (Paddy Considine) confronted with the question of whether he is in love with Johnny's wife. I love when Matteo shouts back, in such a shocking way: "No...I am in love with you!" And that pause is striking and your like whoa, what's this film turning into??? and then Hounsou bombasticly goes on to say he's in love with everything that lives, including Johnny's wife, children, their unborn Child and even Johnny's anger.
I am hopeful that the Blood Diamond will be a good film. Out of the trio of Africa films, this film is still an unknown. I surprisingly found Edward Zwick's last film "The Last Samurai" to be very good, and so am crossing my fingers that I will enjoy The Blood Diamond, and am also hoping Hounsou will play a role in this year's supporting actor race this award season (as I predicted in October).
Pictured above Hounsou with Sarah Bogler in the film In America.