“August: Osage County,” which opened Christmas day, will likely receive multiple Academy Award nominations. The screenplay was written by Tracy Letts, adapted from his Pulitzer Prize winning play. It’s a close look at sisters played by, Julia Roberts, Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson. And Meryl Streep, a sure bet for an Oscar nomination, plays Violet Weston, the drug-addled and toxic matriarch.
Most family members throw rage at each other but the Westons make other dysfunctional families seem normal. John Wells directed, George Clooney and Harvey Weinstein produced, and the cast includes Chris Cooper, Margo Martindale, Sam Shepard, Dermot Mulroney and Abigail Breslin.
On December 10, 2013 Juliette Lewis and Abigail Breslin were guests at the 92Y for the "Reel Pieces" series, which is moderated by Annette Insdorf.
Lewis said, “Material this good is liberating, you have text with so much to work with, chew on, and unearth. This type of writing is the gift you look for in a career and it might happen once a decade, if ever.”
The movie has been described as a comedy but the content is dark drama. When asked about it Breslin said, “I don’t think it’s either just drama or comedy. I know when I have family things you can get into a fight and it can seem in the moment so terrible and you’re so angry and then you can look back at it and start cracking up because you realize the insanity and that it’s not even real, it’s just craziness. I think there’s so many parts that are funny and I die laughing. What’s really cool at the end is that Jean could turn out okay, not like all of them.”
Lewis described an early read-through, “The entire cast was there and our gorgeous producer George Clooney with his partner Grant Heslov. Outside of the incredible Meryl Streep, Tracy Letts was the most intimidating figure. He is a great, beautiful, intelligent and funny soul. We asked him questions gently without prying too much and he’ll tell you that this is autobiographical material. It’s stunning because when you see the person Tracy is you can’t begin to fathom that he came from this kind of hardship. Just shows you how little we know about each other half the time.”
“August: Osage County” is a must-see. Not only is it brimming with talent, the writing will wow you and lol moments are a guarantee.