Apple TV+ ‘The Banker’ wins NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

Following Apple Original Films’ Academy Award nominations for “Wolfwalkers” and “Greyhound,” its film “The Banker” was honored with an NAACP Image Award on Friday night for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture. Recognized as the nation’s preeminent multicultural awards show from an African American perspective, the NAACP Image Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts and those who promote social justice through their creative work.

Nicholas Hoult, Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie in “The Banker,” on Apple TV+.
Nicholas Hoult, Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie in “The Banker,” on Apple TV+.

Inspired by true events, “The Banker” centers on revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson), who devise an audacious and risky plan to take on the racist establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream. Along with Garrett’s wife Eunice (Nia Long), they train a working class white man, Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult), to pose as the rich and privileged face of their burgeoning real estate and banking empire – while Garrett and Morris pose as a janitor and a chauffeur. Their success ultimately draws the attention of the federal government, which threatens everything the four have built. The drama is directed by George Nolfi (“The Adjustment Bureau”) and produced by Joel Viertel. Brad Feinstein produced under his Romulus Entertainment banner, along with producers George Nolfi, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jonathan Baker, David Lewis Smith and Anthony Mackie. The executive producers are Joseph F. Ingrassia, Samuel L. Jackson, Will Greenfield, David Gendron and Ali Jazayeri. “The Banker” is written by Niceole Levy, George Nolfi, David Lewis Smith and Stan Younger from a story by David Lewis Smith, Stan Younger and Brad Caleb Kane.

Apple TV+ is home to award-winning Apple Originals from today’s most imaginative storytellers. Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service. Apple Originals have been honored with 88 awards wins and 342 nominations in just over a year, including Academy Award nominations, as well as Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Critics Choice Awards, Critics Choice Documentary Awards, Golden Globe Awards, a Peabody Award, and more.

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MacDailyNews Take: Congratulations to the cast and crew of “The Banker!”


  1. “The first all-original” makes Apple TV+ itself a culturally premium streaming product, as premium as a Rolls Royce which is the most luxurious and the most specified in the category of cars, but, unlike a RR, Apple TV+ comes at a reasonable price for the common man.

    While the overly-wealthy idle folks will use the huge PPP loans (which don’t require payback) to buy a RR for themselves and have a lot left over to pay off their representatives in Congress to pass rich-friendly legislation, the honest and industrious poor will use PPP money to pay off their bills and not have much left over to donate to legislators, but may have enough to subscribe to Apple TV+.

    1. Good for entertainment only. It has many historical inaccuracies and the Garrett family has taken issue with the revisionism the producers took with this film. In addition, it seems the home life of Garrett Jr. has some extremely troubling issues that were obviously completely changed to make the film.

      Sad, because the whole truth would have made for a better film. Apple should have taken the time to get it right.

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