[WATCH] ‘Loving’ interviews: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Jeff Nichols on Civil Rights story

With a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a strong showing at the specialty box office, “Loving” looks poised to make a splash at the 2017 Academy Awards. This Focus Features release stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who faced imprisonment in 1958 in Virginia for being married, leading to a landmark Supreme Court case that ended anti-miscegenation laws. Both Edgerton and Negga recently sat down with Gold Derby to talk about their roles.

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While researching the real Richard and Mildred Loving, Negga admits to being struck by, “the love they had for one another.” Capturing that real-life affection was a tall order, but according to Edgerton, he and Negga, “immediately realized we were doing something special together, and we really liked each other.”

We also spoke with Jeff Nichols, who directed the film from his original screenplay. He admits that he was drawn to the story because he, “didn’t know about it,” and decided, “we need to be talking about it.”

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Among the behind-the-scenes contenders, we chatted with cinematographer Adam Stone, production designer Chad Keith, costume designer Erin Benach, composer David Wingo, hairstylist Kenneth Walker, and makeup artist Julia Lallas.

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Joel Edgerton, who plays Richard Loving

Ruth Negga, who plays Mildred Loving

Jeff Nichols, Writer/Director

Erin Benach, Costume Designer

David Wingo, Composer

Adam Stone and Chad Keith, Cinematographer and Production Designer

Kenneth Walker and Julia Lallas, Hair and Makeup Artists

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