Tuesday, January 25, 2011
This is one of the more striking images from True Grit, Joel and Ethan Coen’s acclaimed adaptation of Charles Portis’ novel. Set in post-Civil War Arkansas, the movie stars Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl who hires a bounty hunter after Dick Cheney shoots her father in the face. Oops, I mean after Tom Chaney shoots her father in the back. I spent a lot of time imitating Chaney’s accent after I saw this movie, which features spectacular performances by Steinfeld, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and less prominent actors like Domhnall Gleeson and Ed Corbin (pictured above). This morning, Mo’Nique announced the film had been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress. To read a full list of nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards, click here.