‘Bob Marley: One Love’ nominated for ‘Best Movie’ at 2024 BET Awards

May 19, 2024  -Paramount Pictures and Tuff Gong’s musical biopic Bob Marley: One Love has been nominated for “Best Movie” at the 2024 BET Awards.

Other nominees in the category include American Fiction, Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, The Book of Clarence, The Color Purple, The Equalizer 3, and The Little Mermaid.

Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, Bob Marley: One Love features Kingsley Ben-Adir as Marley, Lashana Lynch as his wife Rita, and James Norton as Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, alongside several Jamaican artists. According to Billboard, it is now the fifth highest-grossing music biopic in the U.S. The top spot is held by the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), followed by Straight Outta Compton (2015), Elvis (2022), and Walk The Line (2005).

The film premiered at Carib 5 in Kingston, Jamaica, on January 23, 2024, and was released in the U.S. by Paramount Pictures on February 14, 2024. Despite mixed reviews from critics, it has grossed $177 million worldwide, making it the tenth-highest-grossing film of 2024.

Reviews of Bob Marley biopic

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 44% of 185 critics’ reviews are positive, with an average rating of 5.4/10. The website’s consensus reads: “Kingsley Ben-Adir does an admirable job in the central role, but Bob Marley: One Love is ultimately a standard biopic that doesn’t do justice to its brilliant subject.”

Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 43 out of 100, based on 36 critics, indicating “mixed or average” reviews. Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of “A” on an A+ to F scale, while those polled at PostTrak gave it a 91% positive score, with 80% saying they would definitely recommend the film.

The BET Awards, established in 2001 to celebrate black entertainers and other minorities in music, film, sports, and philanthropy, will air live from Los Angeles on BET on Sunday, June 30, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. This year’s theme is “Standing on Culture.”

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