The Black Panther Effect Continues! Oscars Introduce New Category Honoring Bootleg DVDs Sold By Africans
With the announcement of the Best Popular Film category for the 2019 Academy Awards, there has been concern that its creation is meant to replace a Best Picture victory for phenomenal Black Panther. In response to this controversy, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board called an emergency vote to approve and announce for the 2019 Oscars - Best Bootleg DVD Sold By Africans.
Looking at potential nominees, this was a great year for Port Authority’s Abi Oganye and his copy of 2001 LL-Cool-J-helmed family drama Kingdom Come. The Academy tends to favor the intergenerational strife that Whoopi Goldberg and Uncle L deliver as well as Oganye’s smaller watermarks.
Hailing from a Crown Heights barbershop, up-and-coming vendor Khalid Chenjo is also turning heads with another full-featured DVD rip of early 2000s classic Kingdom Come, featuring Family Matters vet Darius McCrary. A technical landmark featuring functional menus and commentary, some are wondering if the bootleg is “too fancy” to be nominated in the category.
From avant garde East Village vendor Esi is a wonderfully immersive bootleg, also of Kingdom Come, which was captured at a drive-in theater in Richmond, VA. The vintage Americana and the violent fight during the trailer for The Fast And The Furious makes this an absolute gem for bootleg lovers.
Critics are split on whom the winner will ultimately be—but several Academy voters have anonymously confirmed that they are, in fact, leaning towards awarding “a black-directed picture, featuring an all-black rural family dealing with familial instability following the death of an elder paternal figure.”