Joel Edgerton, Loving- Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture, Drama

by Ana Maria Bahiana December 13, 2016
Actor Joel Edgerton

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Richard Loving was a shy, quiet young man from a rural community in early 1960s Virginia. No one would probably remember him today had he not fallen in love and married his neighbor Mildred Jeter. Richard was white and Mildred was of African-American and Native American descent, and their marriage was illegal according to the laws of the state of Virginia – and to preserve their union they has to go all the way to the Supreme Court. “He didn’t want to be on the spotlight. They didn’t want to be on the spotlight”, Joel Edgerton told us, explaining the roots of his subtle and highly expressive performance as Richard Loving. “He was not the kind of guy that most people expected. He was a redneck – he actually had a red neck. (One of his lawyers) said that he looked like a guy who was part of a KKK chapter. He was a very quiet man, and (you) really have to focus on what (his) silence was all about.” This is Joel Edgerton’s first Golden Globe nomination.