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Streaming services have been flexing their muscles with increasing success in the race for the Oscars. Last year, Amazon won three golden statuettes for Manchester By The Sea and The Salesman while Netflix emerged victorious with the powerful wartime documentary, The White Helmets. Director Dee Rees' compelling period drama Mudbound, adapted from the debut novel by Hillary Jordan, is a strong contender for consideration at next year's Academy Awards. The film skilfully contrasts the bruising experiences of two Mississippi families - one black, the other white - in the aftermath of the Second World War. Like the book, Rees' film ebbs and flows between six narrators, whose testimonies offer us a moving glimpse into an era of simmering racial tensions. Henry McAllan (Jason Clarke) transplants his wife Laura (Carey Mulligan), their two children and his grandfather (Jonathan Banks) from Memphis to the Mississippi Delta to pursue grand dreams of farming the land. Part of the property is leased to Hap Jackson (Rob Morgan) and his wife Florence (Mary J Blige), whose family has shed blood, sweat and tears into the sun-baked soil. The fates of these two emotionally wounded clans become inextricably entwined when Henry's charismatic brother Jamie (Garrett Hedlund) and Hap's eldest son Ronsel (Jason Mitchell) return from the battlefield, bearing deep psychological scars.