Cadillac Records 2008

Cadillac Records is a 2008 American musical biopic written and directed by Darnell Martin. The film explores the musical era from the early 1940s to the late 1960s, chronicling the life of the influential Chicago-based record-company executive Leonard Chess, and the singers who recorded for Chess Records.

Plot: This movie is based on the true story of how a small music recording studio, Chess Records, located on the south side of Chicago, began recording blues music with Muddy Waters & Little Walter in 1947, and eventually gave birth to rock and roll in 1955 with Chuck Berry. Record producer, Leonard Chess has an ear for this different type of music, and believes he can cash in by signing up new talent such as songwriter, Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, & Etta James. Leonard Chess makes all of his artist part of his family and takes care of them. This is not an easy job for him, because they spend a small fortune on booze, drugs, and the high life. When Chuck Berry goes to jail, Leonard is able to find another talented performer, Etta James, to take his place. In the late sixties, as their music goes out of favor, Leonard Chess gets out of the record business.
Awards and nominations
* African-American Film Critics
o Best Supporting Actor: Jeffrey Wright, Winner
* Black Reel Awards
o Best Picture: Winner
o Best Ensemble: Winner
o Best Director: Darnell Martin, Nominated
o Best Screenplay (Adapted or Original): Darnell Martin, Nominated
o Best Supporting Actor:
+ Jeffery Wright, Winner
+ Eamonn Walker, Nominated
+ Mos Def, Nominated
o Best Breakthrough Performance: Columbus Short, Nominated
* Golden Globes
o Outstanding Song from a Motion Picture: “Once In a Lifetime”, Nominated

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