Civil wars first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own union army, and the confederates. Director edward zwick stars matthew broderick, denzel washington, cary elwes, morgan freeman. this acclaimed film takes place in 1960s mississippi, following black women who serve as maids to prominent white families. Though the historical drama is beloved to this day and earned octavia spencer a supporting actress oscar, in 2018 viola davis admitted she regretted making the film. I just felt that at the end of the day that it wasnt the voices of the maids that were heard, she.