Last week, we got two big Oscar friendly Trailers. The one I’m going to be talking about today is Loving, coming to us from filmmaker Jeff Nichols. He’s a writer/director who has been growing in stature the last few years, though this is his first overt play at awards. From the look of Loving, it’s a true life civil rights drama/biopic that should have real appeal across the board, and undoubtedly will be of interest to the Academy and its voters. Reviews were very strong out of the Cannes Film Festival and this Trailer debut was excellent as well. You’ll see it below, but first…let’s discuss it a bit.
The film is a biopic of the Loving family, Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred (Ruth Negga). An interracial couple living in the south in the 1950’s, they run into even more bigotry when they decide to get married. Virginia law in 1958 makes that illegal, resulting in jail time for them. The Lovings don’t take this insult to their union lying down though, and eventually their case is before the Supreme Court of the United States. Nichols writes and directs, with the cast, besides Edgerton and Negga, including Bill Camp, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Michael Shannon, and more. Cinematography is by Adam Stone and the score is done by David Wingo, both longtime Nichols collaborators. From the looks of the Trailer, everyone is more than pulling their weight. It appears moving and powerful without being overtly manipulative. That’s certainly a promising start to an awards campaign.
Frankly, this sort of baity biopic could easily come off preachy and potentially even a bit tone deaf if not handled with the correct firmness. Nichols though, seems to have the right approach for the material, never going for the big emotion, but just playing this indignation matter of factly. Edgerton and Negga look really great, with Edgerton quietly breaking your heart, the cinematography looks supple, and Nichols could very well have his biggest hit to date here. Between Take Shelter, Mud, and earlier this year’s Midnight Special, he’s been building a larger and larger following, so Loving may just hit the mainstream, along with potentially the Oscar red carpet.
Awards wise, Loving has across the board potential. I’m very confident we’ll see a big Academy Award campaign, centered on Best Picture, Best Director (for Nichols), Best Actor (for Edgerton), Best Actress (for Negga), Best Supporting Actor (for […]