“Loving” will receive the Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America, it was announced today.
The award, which honors productions that raise public awareness of social issues, will be given at the PGA Awards on Jan. 28.
“Loving” certainly does just that. The film stars Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon and Nick Kroll in the true story of Richard (Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Negga), who waged a decade-long legal battle that led to the overturning of the state of Virginia’s law prohibiting interracial marriage. The film debuted at Cannes earlier this year. “Midnight Special” director and writer Jeff Nichols also directed and wrote “Loving.”
The film is a potential Oscar contender, and also received nods from various critics groups recently. Our own Clayton Davis had this to say about the film:
The soul of the film is in the astounding performances of Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga. Edgerton plays Richard low-key, intimate and reserved. Emotional in the most subtle moments, and quietly singing in others. Negga is savagely powerful with so little words. She’s frequently uneasy, yet radiating positive juju that stays with you when leaving the theater.
Nichols achieves a miraculous juggling act, balancing the sweeping love story with the subtleties of character and detail. He fixates on the inner feelings of the Lovings, being shifted around from different states, and desperate to keep their families together. “Loving” is a sharply observed dissection of injustice. It’s a type of introspective drama that has terrific actors and a strong filmmaker, putting everything on the line to explore the human spirit in the least obvious manner.
Past honorees of the award include “Fruitvale Station,” “Precious” and “Hotel Rwanda.”
The awards are an important Oscar precursor, with the winner of Best Motion Picture more often than not also going on to repeat at the Oscars.
The PGA Awards take place Jan. 28.
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