'Loving' Stars Talk Race, Politics and Love at the L.A. Premiere

Joel Edgerton, Jeff Nichols, and Ruth Negga

"It's a very weird and particularly interesting year for politics," said actor Joel Edgerton on the red carpet.

At the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills the on-the-rise cast of Loving came together for the world premiere of the 1960's-set biographical drama.

The film, from Mud and Midnight Special writer-director Jeff Nichols, tells the true story of Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred (Ruth Negga) Loving, who were sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for breaking a law prohibiting interracial marriages and later took their case to the Supreme Court in 1967.

The Lovings were the subject of a 2011 HBO documentary, The Loving Story, which won a Peabody award and first made Nichols aware of their story.

"It felt like something that needed to be talked about," Nichols told The Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet. "I think it's a foundational part of our American history, and I don't understand why more people don't know about it."

Nichols earned a Palme d'Or nomination for the film at this year's Cannes Film Festival and stars Edgerton and Negga were both recently nominated for Gotham Awards.

Also in attendance at the night's festivities was Oscar-winner Colin Firth, who served as a producer on the film.

"I think that with all the divisions we are still looking at in the world today, the personal [connection] is where you find commonality," said Firth. The actor also holds a producing credit for the war drama Eye in the Sky, released earlier this year, which, like Loving, may be an Oscar contender. 

Held the night following the final presidential debate, politics was the underlying buzz on the carpet. Edgerton, who is Australian, spoke briefly about American politics on the carpet, "It's a very weird and particularly interesting year for politics [in the US]."

Loving opens nationwide on Nov. 4.

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