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Judas and the Black Messiah is a powerful new film that's raking in plenty of nominations and a top contender for Oscar gold!

The biographical drama film depicts the story of Black Panther Chairman, Fred Hampton, and his betrayal at the hands of the FBI.

Correspondent Rachel Smith talked to Daniel Kaluuya about the award nominations Judas and the Black Messiah has received so far. While the movie wasn't made to receive accolades from critics or various awards, Daniel shared the importance of the film's recognition.

"It's amazing... because of this recognition, more people are going to take in Chairman Fred Hampton's words and his messages, so for that, it's incredible," Kaluuya said.

The film currently has two nominations for the Critics' Choice Awards, a Writers Guild of America nomination, a Screen Actors Guild nomination, and a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Supporting Actor (Daniel Kaluuya).

While the movie takes place in the late 1960's, Daniel and Rachel discussed the importance of the way the movie contributes toward a conversation that is still relevant in our society today.

"I do feel like you'll get transported. People understand the power of love in your community and pouring into that. The power of loving people that you are seemingly in conflict with. I'm referring to what's said in the film... power where anywhere there's people," Kaluuya said.

Jesse Plemons plays FBI Special Agent Roy Mitchell, where his character goes undercover at a Panther rally to see Fred Hampton speak.

"It was actually the first time I got to see Daniel as Fred aside from the script reading... which, when I saw him in the script reading, I thought
'Okay I need to go home and get to work.'
He was amazing even then," Plemons said.

Lakeith Stanfield also opened up on the transformative process his character undergoes during the film's story.

"Everything was different to every moment. There would be moments where he felt inspired, actually, by Fred and what the Panthers were doing, and he was confused because he thought they were terrorists like the FBI told him, and then he realized that they weren't."

You can watch Judas and the Black Messiah streaming now on HBO Max and in theaters.

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