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Monday, January 24, 2011

Indie Film ‘Winter’s Bone’ May Get Oscar Love

Actress Jennifer Lawrence is shown in a scene from, "Winter's Bone." (AP/Roadside Attractions)

Actress Jennifer Lawrence is shown in a scene from, "Winter's Bone." (AP/Roadside Attractions)

Tomorrow morning the envelope opens, the nominations are read and the Oscar race is on. One film that has been talked about as a possible Best Picture nominee is “Winter’s Bone.”

It’s a gritty film shot in the Missouri Ozarks about a young girl who goes looking for her father, who disappeared after he put the family home up as bail, to get out of jail for drug dealing.

“Winter’s Bone” has already been nominated for 7 Independent Spirit awards and is on a number of critics “Best of 2010″ lists.  We revisit a conversation Here and Now producer Emiko Tamagawa had with the film’s director and co-writer Debra Granick and actor John Hawkes.


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  • Roger Lipson

    My wife and I have seen Winter’s Bone twice. Thanks for the enlightening interview with the director and one of the actors. A wonderful film about a part of our country that we know nothing about.

  • andy

    My girlfriend rented this movie the other night, I’d never heard of it before, but it was a great surprise. I love films that show us the REAL side of America; the America that exists on 95% of our landscape, outside of the urban areas. I’d like to read the book, too. SEE THIS MOVIE!

  • Stephen Fox

    Back in the spring I read the cover story in Film Magazine about Winter’s Bone and was impressed with Deb Granik’s Theology of AND. She covered similar territory in the last couple minutes of this grand feature I heard for the first time yesterday on Here and Now.
    Needless to say I am a great fan of the Movie.
    NPR’s Michelle Norris is a fan of PenFaulkner nominee Ron Rash. Rash’s One Foot in Eden has all the potential, maybe even more, for the screen as Winter’s Bone. If done in near pitch perfect fashion of WBone, One Foot in Eden, in its Fifth Printing in French, explores a lower Appalachian Province of America exqusitely; and has all the promise for film of Winter’s Bone and I think Danish work, The Ox.
    I hope Fresh Air, Here and Now, or All things considered will feature Rash soon.

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