Sunday, April 3, 2011

Academy Awards Week- "Winter's Bone" is the dark horse

Next Sunday we will know who has won the Academy Awards. The year produced some remarkable films, a fine year for Hollywood. "The King's Speech" will probably take home several of the top prizes and deservedly so.

Lost among the also rans could be "Winter's Bones", the adaptation of Daniel Woodrell's fine novel. The film, a small independent production, was quickly in and out of theaters; but it managed to garner four Academy Award nominations. And they are major nominations: Best Picture, Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence as Ree Dolly), John Hawkes for Best Supporting Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

I loved the novel when it was published in 2006 and interviewed Mr. Woodrell in August of that year. I began featuring the interview on my website this summer after I saw the film. It is encouraging to see a writer like Daniel Woodrell receive some well deserved acclaim. He has been writing wonderful novels for many years.

In fact, Mulholland Press will be re-issuing three of Mr. Woodrell's novels in a collection titled "The Bayou Trilogy" on April 28th. I highly recommend it.

Even if the movie does not win any awards --it should give all of us hope that good writing can still find a place in the market. I encourage you to listen to our August, 2006 interview prior to the awards show.

I have an excellent line-up for the spring. Here is my schedule of upcoming interviews (subject to change).

March- Andre Dubus lll (TOWNIES)
April- David Baldacci (TBA)
April- Michael Connelly (THE FIFTH WITNESS)
May- Lawrence Block (A DROP OF THE HARD STUFF- A Matt Scudder novel).



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