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Mudbound: WWII-era Racism Drama is Oscar-bound
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This Netflix original period drama, adapted from the 2008 Hillary Jordan novel, is about two poor sharecropper families in the Mississippi Delta – one white, one black – and their struggle to survive appalling racial injustice, financial hardship and PTSD after a family member returns home to each family following World War II. Netflix has adopted a unique approach to promoting this film, releasing in select theaters and streaming via Netflix.

The film features one of the year’s strongest ensemble casts (Carey Mulligan, Jason Mitchell, Garrett Hedlund, Mary J. Blige), several of which, along with director Dee Rees, will almost certainly be rewarded with Oscar nominations. The fine acting, along with the meticulously crafted period visuals of the American South and Rees’s compelling vision, creates a gut wrenching masterpiece that will linger in the mind long after the credits roll.

 

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