‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ First Reactions: Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman Bring Down the House

The wait is over, and first reactions to Netflix’s upcoming awards season juggernaut “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” are finally here.

And they’re major, with showers of acclaim for Oscar shoo-ins Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman.

Directed by George C.

Wolfe and adapted from the beloved play by August Wilson, the drama debuted on Saturday, November 14 as part of a sneak-peek virtual premiere in partnership with the American Film Institute.

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is set to launch on Netflix everywhere December 18.In “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” tensions and temperatures escalate throughout the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago.

A band of musicians await the arrival of one trailblazing performer, the Mother of the Blues, Ma Rainey.

She’s played by Viola Davis, the Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress for another August Wilson adaptation, director Denzel Washington’s “Fences.” (Washington is also a producer on “Ma Rainey’s.

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