The Hollywood Film Awards will honor the critically acclaimed Dee Rees directed film MudboundThe Netflix period drama will receive the “Hollywood Breakout Ensemble Award,” and Mary J. Blige is being honored with the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Actress Award.”

Mudbound is set in the Mississippi Delta during and immediately following World War II, the film follows two families: the white McAllans, who own a large farm, and the black Jacksons, who are sharecroppers on the McAllans’ land. When both Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell) return from serving in the war, they become friends, bonding over their shared experience. However, while the two men saw the world change enormously when they fought for their country, they come home to find that rural Mississippi stayed very much the same, and neither their families nor their community looks kindly on their friendship.

In addition to Hedlund and Mitchell, the film stars Carey Mulligan, Mary J. Blige, Jason Clarke, Rob Morgan and Jonathan Banks.

Mudbound premiered at Sundance in January, and has become one of the most talked-about films of the year, and the film is already in gear to take awards season by storm.  The film was acquired by Netflix for $12.5 million, and this could be the streaming giant’s first major Oscar contender, and Dee Rees could become the first black woman to ever be nominated for Best Director.

The Hollywood Film Awards honors the most acclaimed films and actors while previewing highly anticipated films and talent for the upcoming year, also acknowledges artists in the categories of Cinematography, Visual Effects, Film Composing, Costume Design, Editing, Production Design, Sound and Makeup & Hairstyling.

This is only the beginning of a very successful awards season for Mudbound!  The film will be available on Netflix and released in theaters on November 17th, so be sure to mark your calendars.



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