Kerry Washington looks stunning on the red carpet at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday (January 7) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 40-year-old actress was joined at the event by her husband Nnamadi Asomugha, who walked the red carpet separately.

During the show, Kerry joined Garrett Hedlund on stage to present an award.

FYI: Kerry is wearing a Prabal Gurunggown, Roger Vivier shoes, and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. Garrett is wearing a Salvatore Ferragamo tuxedo with a Montblanc timepiece and cuff links.

Kristen Bell is picture perfect while striking a pose at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards Nominations Announcement held on Monday morning (December 11) in Los Angeles.

The 37-year-old Bad Moms Christmasstar along with Garrett HedlundSharon Stone and Alfre Woodard gathered bright and early to announce this year’s nominees.

Also in attendance was Dwayne Johnson‘s daughter Simone, who was recently named Golden Globe Ambassador – a title formerly known as Miss Golden Globes up until this year. She will help during the ceremony next year by ushering presenters on and off stage and handing out awards.

The 2018 Golden Globes are set to air on Sunday, January 7. Seth Meyers has been announced as the host – Check out the full list of nominees here!

FYI: Kristen is wearing a Roland Mouret dress, Christian Louboutin shoes and Sarah Hendler earrings. Garrett is wearing a Strong Suit suit.

No one is more qualified to sing Mary J. Blige‘s praises than Garrett Hedlund, who celebrated her Golden Globe-nominated role as a supporting actress in Mudbound Monday.

E! News had the chance to catch up with the star after he, along with Kristen BellSharon Stone and Alfre Woodard, announced the 2018 Golden Globe Nominations at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

During their time working together on Dee Rees‘ WWII film, Hedlund said  he saw Blige dedicate herself to her role of Florence. “She stripped off a lot of layers in this film,” he said, “so I am happy for her people to get to see her and see everything that Dee Rees did.”

Of his friend, the 33-year-old said, “She did a wonderful job in this film and I am very happy to see her get the accolades that she deserves.”

Blige’s Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress comes on the heels of her winning the Hollywood Breakout Performance for the Hollywood Film Awards. In her speech, the singer said, “I cannot begin to tell you how honored I am to you receive this award.”

In addition to her supporting actress nomination, Blige’s song “Mighty River,” which she sung for the Netflix film, was also nominated for Best Original Song for a Motion Picture. This comes as no surprise, as the star has numerous awards for her musical talents.

The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards will air live, coast-to-coast, on NBC Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at 8 p.m. ET.

Robert PattinsonGarrett Hedlund, and Jesse Williams pose on the red carpet at the 2017 GQ Men of the Year Party held at the Chateau Marmont on Thursday (December 7) in West Hollywood, Calif.

There were lots of hot guys in attendance at the party, including Suicide Squad‘s Jai Courtney with girlfriend Mecki DentInsecure‘s Jay EllisLimitless‘ Jake McDormanStar Trek‘s Zachary QuintoEmpire‘s Jussie SmollettNew Girl‘s Lamorne Morris, and Detroit‘s Laz Alonso.

Garrett is wearing a Brunello Cucinelli suit.

Garrett Hedlund is all smiles while speaking on stage during the Hammer Museum presents The Contenders 2017: Mudbound held at the Hammer Museum on Monday (December 4) in Los Angeles.

The 33-year-old actor was joined at the event by his co-stars Mary J. BligeJason ClarkeJason Mitchell, director Dee Rees and MoMA Chief Curator of Film, Rajendra Roy, who moderated the Q&A following the screening.

Struggling to survive, the Second World War-era film follows two families who work the same land in the Mississippi Delta but live worlds apart.

“It still makes you very sick when you have to sit there during those difficult scenes. The racial slurs are being thrown around… you never get over that,” Garret recently expressed. “Some scenes, especially towards the end [of the movie], can make you sick to your stomach. You go home afterwards, and it’s quite stressful. It is what it is, and everybody knew what we were getting into. It’s bone-chilling, but it’s a portrait of the south in these times. It’s as unsentimental and as real as possible.”

Mudbound is available on Netflix now!

Jake Gyllenhaal poses for a photo with Carey Mulligan at a special screening and reception for her Netflix movie Mudbound on Tuesday (November 28) at Bistro Milano in New York City.

Also in attendance at the event were Carey‘s co-stars Garrett HedlundMary J. BligeJason Clarke, and Jason Mitchell, as well as writer/director Dee Rees.

Throughout awards season, something that big stars often do is host events to support the films they loved the most and it’s clear that Jake is throwing his support behind Mudbound!

Go watch the movie now on Netflix.

Dee Rees’s new Netflix epic, Mudbound, starts with two brothers, Henry and Jamie McAllan (Jason Clarke and Garrett Hedlund), digging a grave in the rural parts of Mississippi for their recently deceased father. They come to discover the land they are digging up was previously that of a slave’s grave. Henry halts the digging, and without a single ounce of remorse in his voice, exclaims: “I ain’t burying my father in no slave’s grave. Nothing he would have hated more.”

Directly after Henry’s proclamation, thunder cracks, and a storm rains down upon them. It is a striking sign of things to come.

Mudbound is many things. It is a film rooted in love, family and friendship, and one that shows the difficulty in returning home from war as a completely scarred and radically different person. But more than anything, it is an examination of a post-WWII era in America that was defined by racial hatred and inequality; an America where white supremacy dominated the logic of a nation and divided it. 

Steve Dietl/Netflix

Mudbound follows the lives of one black family and one white family as they become intertwined during and after WWII in Mississippi. The Jacksons, led by the husband and wife duo of Hap and Florence (Rob Morgan and Mary J. Blige), tend to their farm and try to co-exist peacefully within a town where racism is never more than a couple hundred feet away. Their path is altered when Henry and his gentle wife Laura (Carey Mulligan) move onto the same farmland and try to set up a life for themselves.

They are joined by the unpleasant, outspoken and incredibly prejudiced Pappy, the father of Henry and Jamie. Both families struggle to adjust to one another and make their way out of poverty, all while waiting for Jamie and Ronsel (the Jacksons’ son, played by Jason Mitchell) to return home from war. When they do return, Ronsel has acquired an enlightened view of the world. The two young men strike up a bond and ceremonious friendship, one which isn’t defined by the colour of their skin.

There is an external and internal struggle within each of these six main characters. The pain they all must grapple with daily, from war to poverty to racism, is written in the anguish that covers their faces, and the mud that often covers their clothing. Their thoughts are vocalized through overlapping narrations, which are mixed and matched from each character at different points. Blige’s Florence conveys the harsh realities of being a black woman during that time, while Mulligan’s Laura also shows what it is like to live under a repressive, patriarchal rooftop. And Ronsel, who is turned away and scorned by every white person aside from Jamie, tells viewers what it feels like to constantly have insurmountable odds as a black man in an unfair, white world.

The most jarring moment in Mudbound comes close to the end, and involves the Ku Klux Klan and an incredibly disturbing lynching. I won’t say much about the scene, but I will note that it was one of the most powerful sequences I have seen in film in recent memory. Rees uses this scene in particular (and the film as a whole) to force the viewer to contemplate the parallels in racism existing in that era and this one.

And in so doing, she creates a deeply compelling and emotionally moving film.

The smokin’ 33-year-old actor sat down with FLARE and things got #real

My life was made when I sat down for a one-on-one date chat with the crazy talented actor, Garrett Hedlund. Between his crystal blue eyes, sandy hair and slight midwestern twang, 33-year-old Hedlund is the epitome of a Hollywood hottie IRL—and I was there for allllll of it.

But I wasn’t meeting with the Country Strong star at Toronto’s bougie Shangri-La hotel to swoon; I was there to talk about his new film Mudbound, which screened at TIFF this September. The movie is an adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel about racial tensions in the Mississippi Delta following World War II, and tells the story of two families living on a swampy farm: one white, the McAllans, and one Black, the Jacksons.

Hedlund plays Jamie McAllan, the younger brother of cotton farmer Henry (Jason Clarke) and brother-in-law to Henry’s wife, Laura (Carey Mulligan). Jamie turns to heavy drinking after coming home from the war and also finds himself the object of a disenchanted Laura’s affections. While struggling to adjust to his post-war reality, Jamie strikes a secret friendship with fellow vet Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), the son of Black farmers (Rob Morgan and Mary J. Blige) who work for the McAllan family. I won’t give away the film’s dark climax, but Mudbound’s themes of racism, poverty and PTSD are still scarily relevant today.

The film has been getting rave reviews since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, with Variety speculating that director Dee Rees could become the first Black woman nominated for an Oscar for best director. Netflix scooped up the film ahead of TIFF, and it comes out TODAY!

Between sipping tea and cracking smiles, Hedlund talked to FLARE about how he relates to his character and why he wanted to get the eff off his own family’s farm. I even scored a hug (I haven’t showered since).

Garrett Hedlund on the poster for film Mudbound

How did you get into the headspace of Jamie?

The book was there, and Hillary Jordan painted such a wonderful world in this canvas. Jason Clarke and I have known each other for awhile. He’s Australian, and wanted to get a sense of middle America—especially the South—so we did a road trip. We flew into Memphis, we stayed in a little cabin outside of Greenwood, Mississippi. I’m from the Midwest, and I grew up in a farming community as well, so that was quite easy. But Hillary also said that we should fashion Jamie after her uncle who had come back from the war and was dealing with PTSD and was drinking all of the time. There were a lot of aspects in that I could draw from, and a lot of people I’d knew that went through very similar things with wanting to shut the world off.

Did you see parallels between yourself and Jamie?

It was very parallel. I grew up with a brother who was four years older than me, and I left the farm at an early age, too. Not necessarily to pursue acting, but just to get the hell off the farm. It wasn’t my aspiration to take over the land and be working on the tractor for the rest of my life. I think it was because my mother worked in communications and got to travel and would send postcards from everywhere. When I moved to L.A., I got this acting bug. So while my brother was off working at the farm in Minnesota, I was in L.A. trying to pursue those dreams, which is kind of parallel to this story. There’s similarities between my brother and Jason [Clarke]’s character.

The film’s overarching theme of racism feels so relevant in today’s political climate. Was that a conversation you guys had on set?

I think for Dee, being an African American female director, there was a lot that was personal to her within this. It wasn’t much a discussion about today, but more of painting a portrait of a period that’s not really talked about a lot: post-war and the situations that were going on in the South and that are still going on. We sort of left it at that and made it about these two families and what was in the book.

Mudbound also sheds light on PTSD. Do you feel that society has a bit of a better understanding of PTSD now compared to when this film is set?

PTSD has always existed. They classified it in a way that the generation from WWII were called the “The Don’t-Talk-About-Its.” Vietnam it was “The Druggies and The Boozers,” and now it’s PTSD. When you experience something traumatic and have seen lives and countries destroyed by war, it’s always going to affect you. People have always dealt with it in certain ways. My grandfather got to sit on a tractor and plow fields and raise a family. I have pals in L.A. that have come back from the war and they have jobs where they’re very successful now. A lot of them wish that there were more films about the positive sides about people coming back that suffer from PTSD.

What was it like working with Dee Rees? 

I smile every time somebody brings Dee up. She’s got this infectious charisma and drive and this artistic, intelligent, passionate, persona about her. She’s got an aura that really makes me want to do every single film she’s does.

She told a reporter that you should be the next James Bond.

Well that’s very sweet.

I heard you didn’t see the film until it’s premiere at Sundance. Is that true?

Yes, I didn’t get to see it until Sundance. Dee was very protective of this film. We do a lot of interviews before, and reporters were like, “What did you think about the film?” and we had known nothing about it. Managers were like, “Maybe we should see the film first, we need to know what to talk about.” (Laughs). I’m very proud Dee had the restraint that she did when it came to allowing everybody involved to see this film.

What was the best piece of career advice that you’ve ever been given?

When I first started out, I didn’t have money for acting classes. So, I went online and read scripts of movies of actors that I had admired that I hadn’t seen before. I’d read the script before watching the film, and would rehearse the scene for a week like I was going to audition for it. Then, I’d watch the film and see what they did with that particular scene. That was part of the bigger lesson to show that there were no rules, that you can be as wild, and crazy, and spontaneous, or as minimalist, simple, and quiet as you want. It was nice to see that there were no rules to abide by when it came to wanting to surprise or affect an audience.

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