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Cleveland-filmed ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ takes home two wins at 93rd annual Academy Awards

The film was nominated for a total of 6 Oscars.

CLEVELAND — *Editor's Note: The video in the player above originally aired on February 11, 2021.

The 93rd annual Academy Awards took place without an audience or host Sunday night. But that couldn't stop the spotlight from being shinned on Judas and the Black Messiah, a movie that was partially filmed in Cleveland in 2019.

IMDB describes the film as follows: "Bill O'Neal infiltrates the Black Panther Party per FBI Agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Party Chairman Fred Hampton ascends, falling for a fellow revolutionary en route, a battle wages for O'Neal's soul."

Ahead of the ceremony, the film staring Get Out's Daniel Kaluuya and The Photograph's Lakieth Stanfield was nominated for six Oscars including: 

  • Best Picture.
  • Supporting Actor (two nominated from the film): Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield.
  • Cinematography: Sean Bobbitt.
  • Music (original song): Fight For You, music by H.E.R. and Dernst Emilie II, lyrics by H.E.R. and Tiara Thomas.
  • Writing (original screenplay): By Will Berson & Shaka King. Story by Will Berson & Shaka King, Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas.

During Sunday's ceremony, the films cast and crew secured two wins out the six nominations including best original song and best supporting actor, won by Daniel Kaluuya.

RELATED: 93rd Academy Awards: Full list of nominees

Kaluuya has previously won top acting nods for his role in the film from the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards.

“All my crew in Cleveland, we did this together,” Kaluuya said when accepting his Golden Globe trophy for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture.

He also gave a brief shoutout to Cleveland when accepting his honors from the Critics’ Choice Awards.

*Editor's Note: The video in the player above originally aired on February 12, 2021. 

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