Ever since Mudbound screened at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival it’s generated Oscar buzz. With awards season now upon us, its status as major Oscar contender is only growing stronger. The cast has already received a Special Jury Award for ensemble performance at the Gotham Independent Film Awards. The organization also singled out Mary J. Blige for her work and nominated her for Breakthrough Actor. The period drama will no doubt rack up more accolades leading up to the 90th Academy Awards.
Mudbound features a script written by Virgil Williams based on the novel Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. Pariah and Bessie filmmaker Dee Rees directed the acclaimed film. Carey Mulligan and Garrett Hedlund headline a cast that includes Everest‘s Jason Clarke, Detroit‘s Jason Mitchell and the aforementioned Blige.
“I cried. I cried a whole lot when I finished it,” Blige told Entertainment Weekly of reading the script. “It reminded me of the times we’re living in now and how everyone has to realize that we are closer [to each other] than we think. Only love can change the hatred in the world, and at the end of the day, we’re all realizing that love has no color and no race.”
The film centers around a family that’s relocated to rural Mississippi. They find themselves trying to cope with numerous issues, including racism and a relative’s return from World War II.
Mudbound will arrive in select theaters and on Netflix on November 17. Check out the trailer below.
Mudbound Movie Trailer