Congratulations to Anne Rosellini, Debra Granik and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, for their film's ("Winter's Bone") four Oscar nominations. Best of luck!
They have a film that has beat the odds, so far.
- It got made
- It got into Sundance
- It won at Sundance
- It got Distribution
- It got Oscar Nominations
Gauging competition this year, realistically, it doesn't have a
hoot in Hell's chance of winning.
And that's what makes a horse race, (and made "Rocky" a great picture).
Much of the above - believe it or not - is a pattern I have seen before. That makes it the race to watch. If it wins, the emotional payoff will be enormous.
So this is the film I'm rooting for.
"Winter's Bone" is a 2010 Dramatic film.
It is based on the 2006 novel by Daniel Woodrell.
Set in the Ozarks, it is about poor people and meth labs.
As unappealing as that seems, it is excellent storytelling,
and it it is definitely worth watching. The Academy loves dark
stories, too. Can't hurt.
Written and Directed by Debra Granik, it stars Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes.
It has already won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic film, and is nominated for Oscars in Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor. It is also nominated for seven Spirit Awards, for independent cinema.
Somebody showed me the Seattle Times mention of the nominations.
Producer and Writer Anne Rosellini graduated Mercer Island High School, and her family name is well-known in the state of Washington. (It was "Governor Rosellini," when I grew up there).
Anne worked in film in Seattle, and started the Bumbershoot "1-Reel Film Festival," and worked at the Seattle Film Festival.
So you would think her recent achievement would be Seattle front-page news. Because it would be, most other places.
This is not a bake sale, after all. This is the Academy Awards.
World's biggest television show, watched by a billion people.
Typical for Seattle coverage, with Seattle's "we are not impressed" attitude, "Winter's Bone" and its Oscar nominations are given a brief mention, on page B1.
And that is what Seattle is like.
Here's a clear review of the film.
Take the time, and watch "Winter's Bone," I recommend it.