Two tough mothers lead a tight race for Best Supporting Actress

The 90th Academy Awards will air this Sunday, March 4, and Film Club is counting down the days leading up to the ceremony with an examination of this year’s major categories. Each day, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky will break down a category and give us their picks for who …

American Society of Cinematographers names its first-ever female film nominee

Dee Rees’ poetic, brutal historical drama Mudbound has been curiously absent from much of the awards-season conversation, at least partially because it’s a richly shot work full of “throwback widescreen grandeur”—in the words of our own A.A. Dowd—that barely played in theaters at all. (Ah, Netflix.) But the American…

The ambitious Mudbound gives a prestige literary epic the soul of a character study

Drawn from the pages of Hillary Jordan’s 2008 international bestseller, Mudbound has the heft—the narrative and thematic meatiness, the thicket of characters and subplots and years-spanning incident—of a book you can’t put down. But if the film is novelistic in its sprawl, maybe sometimes to a fault, it’s written in…