Director Jeff Nichols has never had an easier time titling a movie. The filmmaker’s latest project, Loving, follows the real-life couple (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga) whose union led the Supreme Court to strike down laws prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple’s last name — which all you law students already know — was, amazingly, Loving.
The new romantic drama Loving, based on the real-life couple whose 1967 Supreme Court trial Loving v. Virginia legalized interracial marriage, is a quintessential tale of American social justice. “I kept thinking he cast me ’cause he’s just lazy,” the Australian-born Edgerton joked to Yahoo Movies (watch above) about director and Arkansas native Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter), whom the actor had just worked with on the spring release Midnight Special. Edgerton (Warrior, Black Mass) plays Richard Loving, a soft-spoken carpenter who wants nothing more than to live The Simple Life with his sweet-natured bride, Mildred Jeter (Negga).
The Oscars are still five months away, but consider awards season under way now that Hollywood has returned home from film festivals in Venice, Telluride, and Toronto. (So yes, that means awards season pretty much runs for half a calendar year.)
It wasn’t long after the first press screening of the period drama Loving at Cannes on Monday morning, that the movie was already generating awards-season talk. It’s absurdly early for Oscar to be sure, but it’s also not hard to see why. In Loving, writer-director Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special, Mud) dramatizes one of America’s most seminal civil-rights Supreme Court cases, Loving v. ...