Mary J. Blige Praised for ‘Mudbound’ Role
Singer Mary J. Blige is capping off 2017 on a very high note. In addition to Fox picking up a new dance drama she’s producing, the R&B veteran was also recently recognized for her performance in the Dee Reese film Mudbound. Mary was honored with the Breakout Performance Award at this year’s Hollywood Film Awards, for her role as a depression-era mother trying to raise her children in the deep south.
The independent film is currently playing on Netflix and has generated quite a bit of buzz for Mary, so much so, she recently ditched her previous management and signed on for full music, touring and theatrical representation with the APA agency.
In his review of Mudbound for The Hollywood Reporter, critic David Rooney called Mary’s performance “a quiet revelation, a model of understatement and careworn dignity in perhaps the singer’s most demanding and dramatic role to date.”
Mary’s previous roles include The Wiz Live! and cameo appearances in episodes of How to Get Away with Murder, Black-ish, Empire, and Entourage.
Next up for Mary is the animated film Sherlock Gnones, as well as rumored roles on two OWN shows: Greenleaf and Queen Sugar.