August: Osage County (film)
|August: Osage County|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||John Wells|
|Produced by||George Clooney
|Screenplay by||Tracy Letts|
|Based on||August: Osage County
by Tracy Letts
|Music by||Gustavo Santaolalla|
|Editing by||Stephen Mirrione|
|Distributed by||The Weinstein Company|
|Running time||118 minutes|
|Budget||$20 million (estimated)|
August: Osage County is an upcoming 2013 American black comedy-drama film based on Tracy Letts' play of the same name. The film is directed by John Wells, written by Letts himself, and produced by George Clooney, Jean Doumanian, Grant Heslov, Steve Traxler, and Bob and Harvey Weinstein. The ensemble cast is led by Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.
In Osage County, Oklahoma, in August, Beverly Weston (Shepard), is a poet with a drinking problem while his wife, Violet (Streep) suffers from mouth cancer and has a newly developed addiction to drugs. Beverly decides to hire a live-in cook and caregiver for Violet. A few weeks after Johnna (Upham) is hired, Beverly disappears which motivates the family to come together to look for him but only to find a few days later that he has committed suicide. Violet and Beverly's daughters, Barbara (Roberts) and Karen (Lewis), along with Ivy (Nicholson) who lives in the house, come to their father’s funeral, as does the entire family. A series of conflicts ensue over the next several days as Violet and Barbara have never understood each other. Karen's fiancé proves to be a pot smoker and tries to molest his soon to be niece, Ivy is planning to run away with her cousin after engaging in a romantic relationship. At the end Violet remains alone, only with Johnna
- Meryl Streep as Violet Weston
- Julia Roberts as Barbara (Weston) Fordham
- Ewan McGregor as Bill Fordham
- Chris Cooper as Charles Aiken
- Abigail Breslin as Jean Fordham
- Benedict Cumberbatch as "Little" Charles Aiken
- Juliette Lewis as Karen Weston
- Margo Martindale as Mattie Fae Aiken
- Dermot Mulroney as Steve Heidebrecht
- Julianne Nicholson as Ivy Weston
- Sam Shepard as Beverly Weston
- Misty Upham as Johnna Monevata
Chloë Grace Moretz also auditioned for the role of Jean Fordham.
John Wells directed, and the film was produced by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Steve Traxler, and Jean Doumanian, with George Clooney attached as well. The film will be distributed by The Weinstein Company.
Awards and nominations
|Britannia Awards||British Artist of the Year||Benedict Cumberbatch also for his work on 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Star Trek Into Darkness||Won|
|Hollywood Film Festival||Supporting Actress of the Year||Julia Roberts||Won|
|Ensemble of the Year||Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Sam Shepard, and Misty Upham||Won|
|Satellite Awards||Best Actress – Motion Picture||Meryl Streep||Pending|
|Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture||Julia Roberts||Pending|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association||Best Actress||Meryl Streep||Nominated|
|Best Acting Ensemble||Nominated|
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- August: Osage County at the Internet Movie Database
- August: Osage County at Box Office Mojo
- August: Osage County at Rotten Tomatoes
- August: Osage County at Metacritic