The Dee Rees directed feature film Mudbound has been chosen to receive the Robert Altman Award at the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards.  The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman who was known for creating extraordinary ensemble casts.  This honor is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. 

Co-written and directed by Dee Rees (Bessie), this film is based on the Hillary Jordan novel of the same name and takes place in the 1940s, where it revolves around two families—one white and one black—who live on one farm. The black family works the farm for the white family, but the stories of the characters are endlessly intertwined as they navigate racism, poverty, and World War II side by side.

Earlier this year, Netflix acquired the film for $12.5 million, and it looks like the investment was certainly worth it as this could be Netflix’s first major Oscar contender, and Dee Rees could become the first black woman to ever be nominated for Best Director.  The film will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival this week where it will undoubtedly pick up even more buzz.

The film stars Garrett Hedlund, Jason Mitchell, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, and Jonathan Banks. Mudbound is currently on Netflix and can now be seen in select theaters.

For the entire list of Film Independent Spirt Award nominees click HERE.

Check out the Mudbound trailer below.



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