Next up is our first Best Actress nominee, Annette Bening in The Kids Are All Right. (Note: If you have not seen the movie, the clip below will spoil the plot.)
The Kids Are All Right is a dramedy directed by Lisa Cholodenko. The basic premise of the movie is about a married lesbian couple, Nic and Jules, living in California. Each have given birth to a child from the same sperm donor, Paul, played by Mark Ruffalo. This non-traditional family is set to send off their oldest daughter to college in a few weeks. Benning’s character, Nic, is a Type-A personality while her wife Jules, played by Julianne Moore, is more of a freewheeling woman. Nevertheless, they’ve been together for over two decades and are seemingly happy. This contentment is shaken once their daughter, at the urge of her brother, locates their biological father with help from the sperm bank. Paul becomes enamored with the children, the “moms,” and takes interest in Jules’ landscaping business. Due to his influence, the family dynamics shift, as Benning’s character has a growing resentment towards Paul. As a result, the entire family landscape is threatened to splinter. Definitely one to watch.
Next: Christian Bale, Best Supporting Actor Nominee