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The Kids Are All Right: Best Picture Oscar Contender

Posted by on February 27, 2011 at 7:12 PM EST

the kids are all right oscarOscars 2011 might crown The Kids Are All Right as Best Picture winner.

The Kids Are All Right has been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. This movie is one of those movies that almost seems to be designed to get a nomination. It has veteran actors stepping out of their normal comfort zone and it covers a subject matter that is at once topical, but also a story that often isn’t discussed and is unknown to most people. It opens up a window into a world most of us don’t know.

The Best Picture nominated The Kids Are All Right follows the lives to two lesbian women Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) who are married and have two kids. Each woman has given birth to one of the children, both of whom were conceived via sperm donor.  When one of the kids, Joni (Mia Washikowska), turns 18 years old her younger brother, Laser (Josh Hutcherson), asks her to track down their sperm donor father. Eventually the two meet the donor Paul (Mark Ruffalo) and they hit it off with him and get along with him. When the moms meet him, they are not so happy.

The heart of “The Kids Are All Right” is the conflict between the kids who are angry with their moms because they don’t want them involved with their sperm donor father. The moms are angry with the kids for finding the father behind their backs and not coming to them first. Locked into this drama are plenty of laughs, drama and real life, things that make a Oscars’ Best Picture contender.

The cast is first rate and the do some really great work here. The relationship between the married women is treated as completely normal and never questioned and Moore and Bening have great chemistry. This is one of those stories that the Oscars really love to nominate and it has delivered. The Kids Are All Right has been nominated for four Oscars including: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress for Annette Bening, Best Supporting Actor for Mark Ruffalo and Best Screenplay.



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