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11-22-2012, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by GKJ View Post
I saw it last night, and just have a few things to add. Just before I go into spoilers, the cast around them was great too.
This isn't something anybody would remember but me. But when The Fighter came out, I absolutely hated it, especially the overheated performances by Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, which won each an Academy Award for supporting actor/actress eventually. While I was raging away at that movie I saw the excellent Australian film Animal Kingdom and was very impressed by Jacki Weaver. Before the Academy Awards, I posted that Leo could learn a thing or two about playing a dominating matriarch from Weaver, who should be the one taking home the prizes that year. Well, she plays a more supportive matriarch in SLP, but there she is. I would bet a lot of money that Russell saw Animal Kingdom, too, and decided she would be perfect for this movie.

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