FBI informant William O'Neal infiltrates the Illinois Black Panther Party and is tasked with keeping tabs on their charismatic leader, Chairman Fred Hampton in this is a gripping and gut-wrenching political thriller.
A career thief, O’Neal revels in the danger of manipulating both his comrades and his handler, Special Agent Roy Mitchell. Hampton’s political prowess grows just as he’s falling in love with fellow revolutionary Deborah Johnson. Meanwhile, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul. Will he align with the forces of good? Or subdue Hampton and The Panthers by any means, as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover commands?
An impressive and explosive dramatisation of historical events, Judas and the Black Messiah is a forceful condemnation of racial injustice and a major triumph for its director and stars. Daniel Kaluuya’s turn as Fred Hampton is a career defining role and thoroughly deserving of the Oscar and BAFTA for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role.
Academy Awards (Oscars): 2 wins; 4 nominees
BAFTA: 1 wins; 3 nominees
Golden Globes: 1 win; 1 nominee