Breakout Film Of The Year? “Fruitvale Station” Could Be A Huge Oscar Contender!

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July 13, 2013 ‐ By Drenna Armstrong

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It’s been one of the most talked about movies of the year and finally, Fruitvale Station is headed to a theater near you.

Fruitvale tells the story of Oscar Grant, played by actor Michael B. Jordan, who was fatally shot by Bay Area transit cop Johannes Mehserle who said he thought he was reaching for his taser and, instead, pulled his gun. Mehserle served 11 months in prison.

The director, Ryan Coogler, details the hours leading up to Grant’s death by showing his relationship with his mom, his girlfriend (who isn’t happy with him because he’s a cheater) and how he deals with being fired from the one job he’s been able to maintain with his sketchy past.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, which is a leader in all things Hollywood, there is a strong chance Fruitvale Station could be the breakout film of the year. Michael B. Jordan, they say, steals the entire movie (especially since he’s in just about every scene) with his portrayal of Grant. In fact, they say his performance is so riveting that he could be in the running for an Oscar nomination.

Jordan (no relation to the basketball player) has come a long way since his role as “Wallace” in HBO’s The Wire.  In a recent interview with Just Jared, Jordan talked about how he learned about Oscar Grant’s story and what it meant to be involved:

“I knew as much as everybody else. I remember exactly when it happened. I was on my computer on Facebook and somebody posted on my wall and I remember just watching it over and over and over again, just trying to find a reasoning to the whole thing and I just couldn’t find one. You know, feeling upset and pissed off and frustrated and helpless and wanted to do something about it. Like, I’m an actor, what can I do? Get on my soapbox and start protesting? I just felt like I couldn’t do anything that really mattered, you know? And then four years later, I get this opportunity to shoot this project and play Oscar. It was just like, I’m down. I can express myself through my work. Let’s do it.” And it worked out.”

The film also stars Octavia Butler and Melonie Diaz as Grant’s mother and girlfriend, respectively.

Fruitvale Station is in select theaters now in select in New York City and across California. It opens everywhere July 26th.

Will you be checking it out?

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  • JaySon

    Her name is Octavia Spencer, not Butler. She’s an Academy Award Winning Actress. Do your research before posting articles…smh

  • Crisp

    The video is still viral on YouTube of the altercation. A few people in the large crowd video’d the situation. a lot of different vantage points. It is so sad. That’s how I heard about it.

  • minkpink

    I’m so tired of these movie’s were some actor jumps to the role of playing a butler, maid or some other subservient role. This helps keep the notion blk people or 2nd class citizens. Thanks, but no thanks this is not art, it’s stupidity. I have not seen this one yet, but I hope it’s not another yes sir, no Sir, movie. How will one view a race differently when these actors continue to play roles that keep what was in the past in ur face.

    • mark wash

      This is a true story I am from back east and was up in the bay with my daughter who is from that area this is know yes sir know sir movie this is a true story of a kid who was on the ground subdued and shot by the police in cold blood. Look it up you can still find the actual footage of oscar grant being killed

    • Kenedy

      This is based on a true story about an unarmed black man that was shot by a white police officer (sound familiar) at the metro station….I don’t think its a yessa massa, no massa type of movie

      • minkpink

        Thanks.

    • arieslove

      Did you read the article ? This movie is about Oscar Grant a man who was shot and killed at a bart station in Oakland, CA.

  • Liz

    This one is a little bit to close to home for me. My high school is 1 block away from where this happened. Strange, because you hear about unjustified (police) shootings happening all over the country, but when its in your own backyard, it stings even harder.

    RIP: OSCAR GRANT & TREYVON MARTIN

  • Realityh03$Anonymous….ohwait

    Not only am i going to see it after reading about the back story but Miacael B. Jordan is in it!!!! Bonus!

  • africangirlwithasharptounge

    OF COURSE! I have to check this out…especially in the wake of all this trayvon martin sadness, i have to support something that supports us.

  • Jess

    Definitely! He is so handsome

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