Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton, who delivered two of the most understated and fascinating performances this year in Loving, share their reactions to their Golden Globe nominations yesterday. If we lived in a sane world, Negga and Annette Bening (20th Century Women) would be the only contenders for best actress this year. And Edgerton would be a part of every best actor conversation (without the word "underdog" attached to his name). But alas, we live here instead.
Their statements via Focus Features:
“I am profoundly grateful for this recognition… I can’t thank the HFPA enough for their support, this is such an honor. I am humbled to be in the company of all of these extraordinary, talented, and powerful women. It has been such a gift to share Mildred and Richard Loving’s important story with the world. I share this honor with my partner in the film, Joel Edgerton, our incredible director Jeff Nichols and everyone involved in bringing Loving to life.” – Ruth Negga, Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Actress [Drama] (LOVING)
“It is such an incredible honor to be recognized by the HFPA for Loving. I’m also so happy for Ruth, who is a truly astounding actress. Working opposite her was one of the greatest experiences and I feel very lucky. And none of it would be possible without the brilliance of Jeff Nichols crafting such a beautiful and resonant film. Together the whole team took on the great responsibility of depicting this true story with the integrity it deserves. The work shines through on all fronts and I have all those people to thank too. I hope the recognition leads more people to see the film and become aware of two incredible people: Richard and Mildred Loving.”– Joel Edgerton, Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Actor [Drama] (LOVING)