John Wells directed the movie; he is best known for his work on ER. Funnily enough, George Clooney is among the producers of the film. I am surprised that the music of the film did not receive recognition. The score by Gustavo Santaolalla is strong (he won Oscars two years in a row for Brokeback Mountain and Babel) as is the music, notably, "Last Mile Home" by Kings of Leon. The movie has the feel of a play. The credits convey the tone of a curtain call. I would very much like to see a stage production of August: Osage County. Given that the original play won a Pulitzer and several Tony Awards, it is unexpected that a nomination was not received for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar. Letts was nominated by the Writers Guild of America for the adaptation. As the screenplay was written by the original playwright, little seems to be lost in the transition from stage to screen. Favorite quote, in context, as delivered by Julia, "You don't want to break s*** with me motherf***er!"
SNL was getting in on the Oscar fun this past weekend with host Jonah Hill. The antics included a visit from Leonardo DiCaprio and a spoof of the movie Her. See the parody trailer here. I could not help but think of the Wolf of Wall Street when a scene with Jonah Hill took place at Benihana.