Good film. How the hell did it ever get made? Hollywood is supposed to butcher films like this. SOMEBODY with enough clout to say, "Keep your filthy stupid hands off this film" made sure it got made with integrity.
The ONLY bad thing that I have to say about the film is that the ending felt bad. I didn't like the way that they wrapped it up. Up until those last two minutes, we have a stunning film. It deserves EVERY SINGLE AWARD it gets, and most of the awards that it doesn't get. This is one damned well-paced, well conceived, well written, and well told story.
Do see it in a theatre with a good system. We saw it in AMC in Friendship Heights. We were in a club room. The sound system was extremely good. The film needs a good sound system. Trust me. Ray Charles sounds A-FUCKING-MAZING on a godly sound system.