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August: Osage County -- The strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged, are brought together by a family crisis that brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
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August: Osage County -- A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them.
August: Osage County -- Highlights from the interview with director John Wells, Chris Cooper, Margo Martindale, Julianne Nicholson, Abigail Breslin, and screenwriter Tracy Letts. Moderated by Rebecca Keegan of the Los Angeles Times.


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Misery loves family.
A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 49 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Meryl Streep ... Violet Weston

Julia Roberts ... Barbara Weston

Chris Cooper ... Charlie Aiken

Ewan McGregor ... Bill Fordham

Margo Martindale ... Mattie Fae Aiken

Sam Shepard ... Beverly Weston

Dermot Mulroney ... Steve Huberbrecht

Julianne Nicholson ... Ivy Weston

Juliette Lewis ... Karen Weston

Abigail Breslin ... Jean Fordham

Benedict Cumberbatch ... Little Charles Aiken

Misty Upham ... Johnna Monevata

Will Coffey ... Sheriff Deon Gilbeau

Newell Alexander ... Dr. Burke

Jerry Stahl ... Liquor Store Owner

Dale Dye ... Radio Announcer

Ivan Allen ... Radio Announcer
Arlin Miller ... Baseball Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

J. Alan Davidson ... Young Soldier (uncredited)

Maria Swindell Gus ... Funeral Attendee (uncredited)

Directed by
John Wells 
Writing credits
Tracy Letts (screenplay)

Tracy Letts (play)

Produced by
Ron Burkle .... executive producer
George Clooney .... producer
Celia D. Costas .... executive producer (as Celia Costas)
Patrick Daly .... co-producer
Jean Doumanian .... producer
Ben Famiglietti .... co-executive producer
Jerry Frankel .... executive producer
Arny Granat .... co-executive producer
Grant Heslov .... producer
Claire Rudnick Polstein .... executive producer
Jeffrey Richards .... executive producer
Steve Traxler .... producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Gustavo Santaolalla 
Cinematography by
Adriano Goldman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stephen Mirrione 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Paul Schnee 
Production Design by
David Gropman 
Art Direction by
Karen Schulz Gropman  (as Karen Gropman)
Set Decoration by
Nancy Haigh 
Toni Marlo (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Cindy Evans 
Makeup Department
Fríða Aradóttir .... department head hair stylist (as Frida Aradottir)
Jean Ann Black .... makeup artist: Ms. Julia Roberts (as Jean Black)
Shelly D'Apolito .... additional hair stylist (as Shelly Price)
Roxane Griffin .... key hair stylist
J. Roy Helland .... hair designer: Ms. Meryl Streep
J. Roy Helland .... makeup designer: Ms. Meryl Streep
Rene Maloney .... additional hair stylist
Ruth Mitchell .... additional makeup artist
Matthew W. Mungle .... prosthetic makeup artist: Ms. Meryl Streep
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair stylist: Ms. Julia Roberts
Björn Rehbein .... key makeup artist (as Bjoern Rehbein)
Carla White .... department head makeup
Clinton Wayne .... prosthetic supply (uncredited)
Production Management
Deb Dyer .... unit production manager
Julie Rapaport .... executive in charge of production: The Weinstein Company
Leslie Rodier .... post-production supervisor
Dylan Sellers .... executive in charge of production: The Weinstein Company
Nadia Paine .... production supervisor: additional photography (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dennis Burrell .... second assistant director: second unit
Ian Calip .... second assistant director
Andrew Stahl .... second second assistant director
Richard Styles .... first assistant director
Art Department
Sarah Brady .... set dresser
Thomas E. Brown .... charge scenic (as Tom Brown)
Roberto Clark .... carpenter
Stacy Clinger .... standby painter
Kirk Corwin .... property master
Donn Cross .... scenic gang boss
Kevin Davidson .... construction foreperson
Ahren Diers .... property assistant
Sean P. Egan .... art department coordinator (as Sean Egan)
Giacomo G. Ghiazza .... storyboard artist (as Giacomo Ghiazza)
J. Michael Glynn .... assistant property master (as Michael Glynn)
Steve Goettelman .... construction foreperson
Zack Hiatt .... set dresser
Justin Hipp .... art department production assistant
Chris Holik .... set dresser
Brandon Jones .... art department production assistant
Quentin Matthys .... set dressing gang boss
Sergey Mazurov .... standby carpenter
Matt Morton .... scenic
Jon Nicholson .... on set dresser
Sara Philpott .... set decorator buyer
Miguel Quiros .... carpenter
Danni Reschley .... construction assistant
Brian Sanderson .... carpenter
Uldarico Sarmiento .... set designer
Patty Sayers .... greens production assistant
David Sullivan .... scenic
Scott Troha .... lead person
Stephanie Waldron .... key greens
Colin Warde .... property assistant
Hap Weaver .... assistant greens
Cale Witter .... carpenter
Stacey Witter .... construction coordinator
Darrel Wyrick .... carpenter
Jazz Bishop .... greens assistant (uncredited)
William 'Ted' Brady .... swing gang (uncredited)
Gregory Hill .... illustrator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bryan Arenas .... sound consultant: Dolby
Bobbi Banks .... adr supervisor
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Lon Bender .... sound designer
Lon Bender .... sound supervisor
William R. Dean .... sound editor (as Bill Dean)
Julie Feiner .... dialogue editor
Kris Fenske .... sound editor
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Flinchbaugh .... assistant sound editor
Mark Goodermote .... boom operator
Mark C. Grech .... additional boom operator
Glynna Grimala .... sound editor
Catherine Harper .... foley artist
Chris Hogan .... dialogue editor
Joel Holland .... key video assist
Drew Kunin .... sound mixer
Tony Lamberti .... sound re-recording mixer
Nancy MacLeod .... sound editor (as Nancy MacCleod)
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Dave McMoyler .... sound editor
Christian P. Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer (as Chris Minkler)
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist (as Chris Moriana)
Mike Prestwood Smith .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Primmer .... boom operator (as Mike Primmer)
Peter Stevenson .... video utility
Ceri Thomas .... stage technician
James Hyde .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Kyle D. Krajewski .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Daniel J. Leahy .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Michael Miller .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Ric Schnupp .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Danial Shimiaei .... sound re-recording stage engineer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Brian Jochum .... visual effects producer: Moving Target
Alan Munro .... visual effects supervisor: Moving Target
Jon Terada .... key visual effects artist: Moving Target
Phil Carbonaro .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Daren Dochterman .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Peter Kuran .... visual effects (uncredited)
Kevin Kutchaver .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Jo Martin .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration (uncredited)
Pam Vick .... visual effects (uncredited)
Ted Barba .... stunt performer
Jon Bielich .... stunt coordinator
Laurie Cummings .... stunt performer
Alex Daniels .... stunt driver
Tabby Hanson .... stunt performer (as Tabby Hanson-Graham)
Caryn Mower .... stunt performer
Peewee Piemonte .... stunt coordinator
Kent Shelton .... stunt performer
Greg Tash .... stunt driver
Jeff Burleson .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Liza Bambenek .... "a" camera second assistant: second unit
L. Brian Blagowsky .... gaffer: second unit (as Brian Blagowsky)
Brad Boaz .... generator operator: second unit
Brad Boaz .... grip
Brian Boyll .... electrician
Keith Brown .... grip
Patrick Capone .... director of photography: second unit
Mark Castelaz .... gaffer
M. Shane Cates .... grip (as Matt Cates)
Andrew Cavagnet .... video assist: second unit
Timothy Clarke .... additional "a" camera second assistant: second unit
William Clouter .... grip
Kenneth Coblentz .... grip
Kenneth Coblentz .... key grip: second unit (as Ken Coblentz)
James Coffin .... best boy grip
Joseph A. Cook .... rigging electrician (as Joe Cook)
Jeremy D'Apolito .... grip
Tana Dubbe .... key grip
Loren Elkins .... "a" camera first assistant: underwater unit
Claire Folger .... still photographer
Scott Forrester .... electrician
Peter Geraghty .... "a" camera first assistant: second unit
Thomas Green .... video assist: second unit
Tonja Greenfield .... "a" camera second assistant
Joseph Guerino .... rigging gaffer (as Joe Guerino)
Andy Harris .... additional "a" camera first assistant
Jimmy Hollingshead .... rigging electrician
Lacey Joy .... film loader
Matthew LeCrone .... electrician (as Matt LeCrone)
John Mang .... "a" dolly grip operator
Nancy Piraquive .... additional "a" camera second assistant
Greg Price .... gaffer: second unit
Rell Putt .... best boy grip: second unit (as Relle Putt)
Rell Putt .... grip (as Relle Putt)
Jessica Ramos .... "a" camera second assistant: underwater unit
Chris Ritter .... best boy rigging electric
Jon Roman .... grip (as Jonathan Roman)
Pete Romano .... director of photography: underwater unit
Jeremy Smart .... electrician
Tiffani L. Stephenson .... additional "a" camera second assistant (as Tiffani Stephenson)
Iain Struthers .... "a" camera first assistant
Peter Tomshany .... generator operator: second unit
Jim van Dijk .... "a" camera operator (as Jim Van Dijk)
Sebastian Vega .... additional "a" camera first assistant
Thomas D. Watson .... grip
Fritz Weber .... grip (as Fritz K. Weber)
Kevin Wisor .... best boy electric
Mark Wojciechowski .... grip
John Sheeren .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Aaron G. York .... libra head operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sarah Clark .... extras casting associate
Rich Delia .... associate casting supervisor: LA
Allison Estrin .... associate casting supervisor: NY
Michael Fredlund .... casting assistant: NY
Chris Freihofer .... extras casting
Adam Richards .... casting assistant: LA
Kelly Tenner .... extras casting assistant
Patty Majorczak-Connolly .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Mark Sussman .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nina Johnston .... costumer: Ms. Meryl Streep
Patricia McLaughlin .... costume supervisor
Lisa Parmet .... key costumer
Aura Sperling Pierce .... costumer (as Aura Sperling-Pierce)
Linda Loo Trippe .... costumer (as Linda Trippe)
Franny Vega .... costumer: Ms. Julia Roberts
Raven Zimmer .... costumer
Nicola Clegg .... costume buyer (uncredited)
Jody Felz .... costume buyer (uncredited)
Marta Villalobos .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Alison Beckett .... executive in charge of post production: The Weinstein Company
Stuart Burkin .... executive in charge of post production: The Weinstein Company
George Chavez .... color timer
Eric Chilpa .... color assist: Technicolor
Daniel Gonzalez .... post-production assistant
Michael Hatzer .... supervising digital colorist: Technicolor
Clark Henderson .... title manager: Technicolor
Chris Jensen .... second colorist: Technicolor
Julian McDougald .... digital intermediate producer: Technicolor
Jamal McLemore .... apprentice editor
Lauren Nicolette .... post-production coordinator: The Weinstein Company
Brian Ufberg .... first assistant editor
Roy Vasich .... dailies colorist: Technicolor
Everette Webber .... digital intermediate editor: Technicolor (as Everette Jbob Webber)
Denise Woodgerd .... dailies producer: Technicolor
Darin Wooldridge .... home video consultant: Technicolor (as Darin Woolridge)
Corey S. Johnsen .... post-production manager: The Weinstein Company (uncredited)
Music Department
Ann Barnard .... score librarian
Clint Bennett .... music editor
David Campbell .... music arranger (as David Richard Campbell)
Celeste Chada .... music clearance and licensing
Jo Changer .... assistant orchestra contractor
Richard Glasser .... executive in charge of music: The Weinstein Company
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Anibal Kerpel .... music recording mixer
Everton Nelson .... orchestra leader
Dana Sano .... music supervisor
Del Spiva .... music editor
Libby Umstead .... music coordinator
Nick Wollage .... score recording engineer
Todd Kasow .... music editor (uncredited)
Adam Langston .... additional arranging: orchestration and programming (uncredited)
Michael Stern .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Jill Streater .... UK music librarian (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Desiree Bab .... driver
Kelly Blake .... driver
James Crowe .... driver
Saloma Davenport .... driver
Randall Davidson .... driver
Fred Davis .... driver
Darran Douglas .... transportation captain
Gaylord Farrell .... driver
Eric Gibson .... driver
Clarence Harvey .... driver
Jeff Hays .... driver
Mike Hays .... driver
Lew Homme .... driver
Vince Junkins .... transportation captain
Teresa Ketchum .... driver
Geary N. Lambert .... driver
Tyoga Luther .... driver
Larry Moore .... driver
Frank Morreale .... picture car coordinator
Charles 'Mike' Morrison .... driver
Clarence Morton .... driver
Lauren Newhouse .... dispatcher
John Parker .... driver
James Rankin .... driver
Byron Roland .... driver
Patrick Roland .... driver
Arnold Rownan .... driver
Marc Scott .... transportation coordinator
Richie Sutton .... driver
Greg Viglione .... driver
Chris Walden .... driver
John Waltrip .... driver
Other crew
Andy Axewell .... stand-in
Mary Bailey .... script supervisor
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Evan Beier .... production coordinator
Sam Boeck .... stand-in
Josh Buehler .... stand-in
Ken Byers .... account executive: Technicolor
Ryan Byrd .... set security co-coordinator
Torey Byrne .... craft service production assistant
Laron M. Chapman .... production assistant
Raphael Christopher .... security: Ms. Julia Roberts
Sarah Clark .... stand-in
Gay Cobham .... security: Ms. Julia Roberts (as Gay E. Cobham)
Courtney Cunniff .... assistant: Ms. Jean Doumanian (as Courtney L. Cunniff)
Allison Daly .... payroll accountant
Lagueria Davis .... production secretary
Joshua P. Dease .... first assistant accountant (as Joshua Dease)
Jean Doumanian .... original stage producer
Rachael Edlow .... stand-in
Carey Field .... production assistant
Michael Fordes .... location assistant
Tina Fortune .... stand-in
Jerry Frankel .... original stage producer
Laurie Frost .... stand-in
Margaret Glynn .... stand-in
Joe Guest .... location manager (as Joe C. Guest)
Ben Hammer .... cook: For Stars Catering
Lori Hammond .... craft service
Jessica Held .... assistant: Ms. Celia Costas
Jemme Hennessey .... location scout
RoJeanne Herbel .... assistant post production accountant (as Rojeanne Herbel)
Jayson Hill .... cook: For Stars Catering
Elizabeth Himelstein .... dialect coach: Mr. Ewan McGregor (as Liz Himelstein)
Henry Hobson .... cast title montage designer
Leah Holmes .... post production accountant
Steve Hrabko .... cook: For Stars Catering
David B. King .... legal counsel: Oklahoma
Lois King .... script supervisor: second unit
Shannon Kline .... production assistant
Chris Kucharski .... assistant location manager
Cheryl Kurk .... production accountant
Lisa Kurk-Dmytryk .... second assistant accountant (as Lisa Kurk)
Wendi Laski .... unit publicist
Greg Lea .... account representative: Deluxe
Adrian Lopez .... executive in charge of business and legal affairs: The Weinstein Company
Kristin Martini .... assistant: Mr. John Wells
Nathan Matt .... additional second assistant accountant
Angel McConnell .... assistant: Mr. George Clooney
Don McCorkle .... set medic
Christian McHenry .... assistant production coordinator (as Chris McHenry)
Lori Moore .... stand-in
Alison Naifeh .... assistant location manager
Robert Noonan .... assistant location manager
Cecilie O'Reilly .... dialect coach
Misty Oka .... assistant: Mr. Grant Heslov
Eric Papa .... assistant location manager
Robert Perry .... location production assistant
Tom Prince .... executive in charge of physical production: The Weinstein Company
Jeffrey Richards .... original stage producer
Madisyn Ritland .... production assistant
Meseidy Rivera .... assistant craft services
Jordan Roby .... stand-in
Oscar Rodriguez .... cook: For Stars Catering
Shannon Romines .... production assistant
Elizabeth H. Ross .... accounting clerk (as Liz Ross)
Greg Saitas .... assistant craft services
Matthew Schulke .... production assistant
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances: Entertainment Clearances
Reilly Smith .... production assistant
Adam M. Stone .... product placement coordinator: Stone Management (as Adam Stone)
Cat Stone .... product placement coordinator: Stone Management
Lauren B. Taylor .... production assistant
Jayne-Ann Tenggren .... script supervisor: second unit
Lloyd Thomas .... caterer: For Stars Catering
Steve Traxler .... original stage producer
Kate Trippe .... production assistant
Lanayah Turley .... catering assistant: For Stars Catering
Eddie Virden .... additional security and police coordinator
Audrey Wagner .... stand-in
Paul West .... location production assistant
Greg Williams .... stand-in
Bill Wilson .... set security coordinator
Kori E. Wilson .... assistant: Ms. Meryl Streep (as Kori Wilson-Griffin)
Jeff Wohlgemuth .... location production assistant
Paul Alary .... set production assistant: reshoots (uncredited)
Gregory Alpert .... location manager: additional photography - Los Angeles (uncredited)
Shane Brown .... location scout (uncredited)
Alex Capaldi .... additional assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Nicole Fancher .... driving-double: Julianne Nicholson/driving-double: Julia Roberts (uncredited)
John Findley .... pre production location scout (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond representative (uncredited)
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services (uncredited)
Ronald J. Levin .... production counsel (uncredited)
Taylor Lee Mullins .... production assistant (uncredited)
James Smith .... medic (uncredited)
Kris Smith .... script supervisor: reshoots (uncredited)
Kori Sparks .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Caleb Wall .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Steve White .... location scout (uncredited)
Lisa Beeman .... the producers wish to thank: City of Bartlesville Community Development
William E. Coombs .... artwork by
Maria Swindell Gus .... the producers wish to thank: The Bartlesville Convetion & Visitor's Bureau (as Maria Gus)
David Hawkanson .... the producers wish to thank
Mike Larsen .... mural artwork designed and painted by
Martha Lavey .... the producers wish to thank
Mike McCartney .... the producers wish to thank: The Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce
J.D. McPherson .... the producers wish to thank (as JD McPherson)
Anna D. Shapiro .... the producers wish to thank
Jill Simpson .... the producers wish to thank: Oklahoma Film & Music Office
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Rated R for language including sexual references, and for drug material
121 min
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Producer Harvey Weinstein suggested Judi Dench and Nicole Kidman to play Violet and Barbara, during the initial casting process. However, screenwriter Tracy Letts voted against the idea, saying that the two roles should be played by American actors.See more »
Errors in geography: The sheriff's car bears an Oklahoma County license plate. Oklahoma county is about 2 1/2 hours away from Osage County.See more »
[first lines]
Beverly Weston:Life is very long. T.S. Elliot. Not the first person to say it, certainly not the first person to think it, but he's given credit for it because he bothered to write it down.
Beverly Weston:Now if you say it, you have to say his name after it. "Life is very long." T.S. Elliot. Absolutely goddamn right.
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83 out of 127 people found the following review useful.
"August: Osage County" is the best ensemble of the year!, 4 October 2013

Before I even start to talk about John Wells' new film "August: Osage County," I have to say I've never seen the stage play or read it by writer Tracy Letts. Following the screening, I felt it was important to disclose. An all-star cast is assembled, all which have individual moments to shine, which is surprising with a cast this size, and for the most part, the film succeeds on multiple levels. Sure to be divisive, "August: Osage County" is tenacious and beautifully constructed. Soulful and unafraid to show the gritty and ugly of the American family, Wells' film is utterly compelling. A must-see for the awards season. An instant Oscar contender.

From the top to the bottom, this film exists and succeeds by its performances. At the top of the heap and best in show is the stunning and beautiful Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts. Her turn as Barbara Weston is in the top three performances she's ever delivered. Roberts dives into herself in a way we haven't seen since "Erin Brockovich." The narrative fully turns on her character and in the final half of the film, she pulls the train through to the station. I'm incredibly impressed with her work. Roberts is a revelation and reminds the world how good she really is. A sure-fire Oscar contender.

As Violet Weston, a role played by Deanna Dunagan on Broadway, there were high expectations to see what 3-time Academy Award Winner Meryl Streep would bring to the role. For the past few years, I've begged for Streep to "dirty it up" and play a role like this. A drug-addicted matriarch who a gutter mouth lets Streep give a fresh take on a character. Her performance is middle of the road for what Streep has delivered in her career. That can mean different things to different people. Middle of the road for Streep could be the best of any actor. I walked out of the theater feeling the same way I felt following the end credits of "Doubt." Streep excels in many areas of acting, but I feel when it comes to stage adaptations to the big screen, Streep doesn't live in the character as comfortably as she would in any other role. There are times that the role does go a bit over-the-top. That being said, Streep is still plenty great as she's been in other roles as of late. She inhabits lots of Violet's beats and mannerisms and gives dynamite exchange with some of her co-stars. It's a performance that will surely land her another Best Actress nomination.

Trying to pick any of the supporting characters to single out is like trying to pick your favorite child. Margo Martindale as Mattie Fae is ballsy and spunky and its good to see an actor of her caliber finally getting a chance to rip into a role like this. Her character reveals the film's darkest secret which gives her an edge over some of her co- stars, which Wells directs masterfully with DP Adriano Goldman.

I could eat Benedict Cumberbatch up with a spoon. As "Little Charles," he definitely has the narrative's most sympathetic story but more importantly, in a film that is full of despicable people, he manages to pull the audience in to root for him, even when you know he's doing something terribly wrong.

I've longed for Juliette Lewis to get back in Oscar's graces following her nomination over twenty years ago in Martin Scorsese's "Cape Fear." She as dynamic as we've seen her in the last few years, delivering her best turn yet as Karen. A true professional. Ewan McGregor continues to elevate himself as one of our finest actors working today as Bill, Barbara's estranged husband. As someone who is on the opposite side of the rational spectrum when compared the Weston ladies, McGregor stands out as a positive take. Unfortunately, he only gets one scene to really let loose in a memorable manner.

I can recall being floored by the work of Julianne Nicholson in the little indie that no one saw, "Flannel Pajamas" nearly seven years ago. I've never fully revisited her work since despite stints on "Conviction" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." As Ivy, the one sister that stayed behind, Nicholson embraces her natural and simplistic mannerisms that give her role a much-needed arc in the narrative. In a perfect world, we would be looking at Julianne Nicholson for serious Oscar consideration.

Brief but all too clear as perfection, Sam Shepard ignites his brief screen time as Beverly Weston, the patriarch of our family. Same could be said for Misty Upham as Johnna, our Native American housekeeper sitting as a silent observer.

Academy Award winner Chris Cooper shines when he takes on sensitive and accessible performances. With a tough exterior but a soft and loving emotional center, Cooper acts as an sentimental pillar to our tale. If there is room for a man in an Oscar lineup from a film dominated by women, he is likely it.

Director John Wells has a strong hold on the material. He understands where he wants the narrative to go, putting an emphasis on the story and letting any directorial styles take a backseat. It's definitely appreciated in a story that has so many moving parts. Writer Tracy Letts adapts his own play and in the second half really stretches out his legs as the story takes shape for certain characters. The first thirty minutes are rough. The dialogue isn't as quick as snapping your finger. Some monologues run a little long and there are a pair of instances where I checked out of the story for a moment.

The Weinstein Company have quite a gem on their hands. Lots of heart and laughs, "August: Osage County" has the year's best cast ensembles and is one of the year's best films.

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