by Elizabeth Stoddard
Next week HBO Home Entertainment releases the BluRay of Emmy-nominated Confirmation, starring acclaimed actors Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce. We’ll have a full review of the BluRay package publishing next week, but in the meantime we have a copy to send to one lucky reader!
It only takes one voice to change history. Confirmation details the explosive Clarence Thomas Supreme Court nomination hearings, which brought the country to a standstill and forever changed the way we think about sexual harassment, victims’ rights and modern-day race relations. It looks behind the curtain of Washington politics, depicting a pivotal moment in American culture that became a turning point in workplace equality and gender politics. The HBO Film was nominated for two 2016 Emmy Awards® including Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Kerry Washington).
In July 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated Judge Clarence Thomas to fill Justice Thurgood Marshall’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. In October, during the final days of Thomas’ confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, both Newsday and NPR broke the story that one of Thomas’ former employees, law professor Anita Hill, had accused him of sexually harassing her ten years earlier. These revelations triggered a maelstrom of events, with both Hill and Thomas testifying about the allegations before a stunned and riveted television audience.
Confirmation features “powerful” (Variety), “affecting and nuanced performances” (Los Angeles Times) from an all-star cast lead by Washington (Emmy® and Golden Globe nominee for Scandal), Wendell Pierce (HBO’s Treme and The Wire), Greg Kinnear (Oscar® and Golden Globe nominee for As Good as It Gets), Jeffrey Wright (Emmy® and Golden Globe winner for HBO’s Angels in America), Eric Stonestreet (Emmy® winner for Modern Family) and Jennifer Hudson (Oscar® winner for Dreamgirls). The film was written by Susannah Grant (Oscar® nominee for Erin Brockovich) and directed by Rick Famuyiwa (Dope).
How to win?
Leave a comment below with the name of your favorite female changemaker. We’ll pick a winner at random one week from now. US residents only.
The winner will be announced once selected and, courtesy of HBO, the BluRay will be shipped out to them.
HBO Home Entertainment releases Confirmation on Digital HD 6/27 and DVD with Digital HD and Blu-ray with Digital HD release on 8/2.