Like the teenagers they chronicle in their Oscar-winning documentary Undefeated, directors Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin weren't expected to emerge as winners. I spoke with the filmmakers on the Tuesday after the Oscars.
The truth is that for the past 10 years most of the Academy Awards that have gone to black actors were for roles that embody what some may call "nostalgic" views of blackness.
When I go to a movie, I want to enjoy it. Critiquing it isn't my goal. So I focus mostly on what works, because that's what makes or breaks the experience. If the good parts don't match your taste, why worry about the nuances?
After the 2011 awards, when it was so painfully obvious that the Academy was trying to reinvent itself for a younger audience, this year older proved to be better.