Kenny and Mike discuss the best acting nominees for the 2021 Academy Awards. The discussion includes their favorites, predictions, and changes to nominees they would have made. The episode also includes with a discussion of faith elements...
Kenny and Mike discuss the best acting nominees for the 2021 Academy Awards. The discussion includes their favorites, predictions, and changes to nominees they would have made. The episode also includes with a discussion of faith elements spotted in the films of the actors and actresses. More detailed notes on the films Faithspotting has covered are available at
Best Actress Nominations:
Viola Davis Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Faith elements: Exploitation of others, either by race or gender or other reasons. This is addressed by the call and teaching to love others as self, and do unto others as one would have one do. Also the dangers of pride and arrogance. Note: One element that is in the film that we did not mention in the episode is holding or expressing anger at God. Where God is in the midst of our suffering.
Andra Day The U. S, vs. Billie Holiday
Faith Elements: The responsibility of leaders and government to serve as shepherds to members of the community: Group, City, State, Nation. Also teaching regarding non-exploitation. The need to fill voids,The loss, wounds, pain with things that lead to healing not just masking pain.
Vanessa Kirby Pieces of a Woman
Faith Elements: * The place others offer in healing and regaining wholeness. Not transfering anger and pain from losses onto others.
Frances McDormand Nomadland
Faith Elements: * Healing Poser of Community and sharing. (See the Promising Young Woman/Nomad episode notes for more details)
Carey Mulligan * Promising Young Woman
Faith Elements: The cost of revenge- returning hate rather than love and accountability. (See episode notes for more details. )
* All three of these films address working through loss, grief, and pain, rather than getting stuck. All demonstrate the need for community to assist in that journey, but the individual must travel through the valley of pain, saddness and loss yet as Psalm 23 and others teach, s/he does not walk through the valley alone.
Best Actor Nominations:
Riz Ahmed Sound of Metal
Faith Elements: Faith amidst loss- Overcoming brokeness and dissapointment even if it requires change to ones life and direction. The transformative power of community.
Chadwick Boseman Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Faith Elements (See Above)
Anthony Hopkins The Father
Faith Elements: Finding strength and patience to stay in relationships, serve, and love, especially when trials come- Particularly when the loved one's personality changes.
Gary Oldham Mank
Faith Elements: The Purpose and need of humility as taught throughout the Old and New Testaments. The Dangers of pride and arrogance. Using talents for good rather than selfish desire. (For more details see the faith notes for the Mank episode)
Steven Yeun Minari
Faith Elements: Obligation to serve community and put welfareof others above one's own desires. Shepherding means knowing the needs and capacity of others.
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