Cannes Interracial Marriage Drama ‘Loving’ is an Oscar Contender
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This movie is already getting a lot of buzz and has even thrown a hat in the Oscar ring according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Loving recounts the story of Mildred and Richard Loving (played by Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton), a Virginia couple who faced jail time for eloping in Washington, D.C. in 1958. The Supreme Court ruling in their case, Loving v. Virginia overturned interracial marriage laws, making their marriage legal in the state of Virginia.

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“Both performers should enter the best actor and actress conversations. Edgerton, who previously received good notices for his violent Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby and his conflicted FBI agent in Black Mass, plays Richard as a man of few words, who keeps his eyes down and his emotions bottled up. Negga, though not as familiar to American audiences, plays the more optimistic half of the couple, rooted to the land and protective of her three children,” writes THR.

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Indiewire takes note that Loving, “Unlike the 2011 documentary The Loving Story and the 1996 TV movie Mr. & Mrs. Loving, [filmmaker Jeff] Nichols focuses almost exclusively on the couple’s bond against menacing odds.”

Even Variety believes Loving, “will inevitably factor heavily in year-end Oscar conversations.”
Time will tell.

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