Know Your Oscar Films: The Kids Are All Right

The Basics:

Nic (Annette Benning) and Jules (Julianne Moore) have spent their lives raising their three kids: 18 year old Joni (Mia Wasikowska) and Laser (Josh Hutcherson).  Joni and Laser share the same biological father, an unknown sperm donor they never left.  Before Joni heads to college, she decides to find out who that sperm donor is and get him to meet the rest of her family.

Cast: Annette Benning, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, and Mark Ruffalo

Written by: Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg

Directed by: Lisa Cholodenko

Julianne Moore and Annete Benning

What is it nominated for?

Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay (Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg), Best Lead Actress (Annette Benning), Best Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo)

Does it deserve the nominations?

The 2nd of 3 nominees I haven’t seen.  I’m sure it’s a good movie, but no way will it win anything.  It’s lucky just to be invited to the party. 

Family Dinner


-Robin Wright was considered for the role of Nic

-Annete Bening and Julianne Moore were both nominated for a Best Lead Actress Oscar in 1999.

-Annete Bening replaced Julianne Moore in 2006’s Running with Scissors.

-Title is based on the song “The Kids Are All Right” by The Who.

-Features children of Steven Speilberg and Kate Capshaw, Michael Eisner, and David Mamet.