- Jay Roach
- Bryan Cranston, Bradley Whitford, Anthony Mackie
“Adapted by [Cornell alum] Robert Schenkkan [MFA ’77] from his own play, [the film] follows LBJ for the year after JFK’s assassination. It focuses on two events: LBJ’s push for the historic Civil Rights Act, which pits him directly against his fellow Dixiecrat politicians, and his re-election, which is almost undermined by those Dixiecrats and the civil rights movement he is trying to support. The film posits LBJ and King as imperfect men who sincerely wanted to do good, even if their paths weren’t completely straight. Much of the backroom dealing and power brokering is revelatory.” (Detroit News) Bryan Cranston won a Tony award for his portrayal of LBJ on Broadway, and may very well win an Emmy for this HBO adaptation.