Nominations: Best Actor (Will Smith), Best Supporting Actor (Jon Voight)
Wins/Snubs: Denzel Washington took home Best Actor for Training Day and Jim Broadbent won for Iris. While I haven't seen Iris, I'm guessing Broadbent acted circles around Voight's Howard Cosell.
We also see that Ali was pretty fast and loose with his relationships with women - though they seemed to always want something from him too - his first wife wanted him to not be Muslim (she converted but wouldn't follow all the rules), his second wife wanted him to be a husband and father and not political, and the movie ends just after he meets the woman who became his third wife. Currently he's married to his fourth wife whom he's known since the beginning. While the actresses who play his various wives (Jada Pinkett-Smith, Nona Gaye, and Michael Michele) all do a terrific job, they too seemed to be interested in pushing Ali around and being in control.
Since he's a boxer, it's kind of strange how much his life was built around following other people's direction and instruction. He was an articulate trash-talker, spouting his skills, denigrating his opponents, often in rhyme (I'm guessing Smith's rapping skills came in handy getting that across so well), but overall, the movie paints a great boxer, but not the greatest man. Smith does a pretty good job playing the man, and is very convincing as a boxer, and his mannerisms and voice do mimic the image I have of Ali as a younger man. His relationship with Howard Cosell - they were frenemies, with Cosell being straight telling his story, and Ali mocking Cosell at every chance - was fun to watch, but didn't add a whole lot to the story. Voight is nearly unrecognizable and does a good impersonation, but I don't think his acting was anything special. Overall, the movie didn't do anything that really spoke to me or gave me any real information I didn't already have, with one exception - the supporting cast of Jaime Foxx, Jeffrey Wright, Ron Silver, and Ted Levine (he's back!). They all did terrific jobs supporting Smith for their various scenes, particularly Jaime Foxx (his hair was fairly insane). I can see why the movie didn't garner any other awards. The least likely to make my Oscar list so far - 3.5 of 5 stars/lambs
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