Nominations: Best Picture, Leading Actor (Bradley Cooper), Leading Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro), Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver), Directing (David O. Russell), Film Editing, and Adapted Screenplay (David O. Russell)
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own. (IMDb)
I absolutely loved this. With it’s, for lack of a better word, delicate subject matter, it had the possibility of going into some pretty sticky territory. However, the script handles those moments well, and then they are even further handled by the more than capable cast. The story is everything from funny, to poignant, to heartbreaking, and everything in between. The ensemble cast is impressive. Loved Jacki Weaver and Robert De Niro as the parents, and Bradley Cooper really handled those dramatic character shifts really well, and was quite impressive overall. For me though, Jennifer Lawrence stole it. There was something really transformative about her performance. Also, this character runs the risk of being a caricature, or being really unlikeable. Thankfully, she avoids both of those, and some of my favorite moments in the whole movie involve her. Overall, I loved this movie, it is a definite must see.