But I’ll just have to move past that now in order to talk about the film itself. Also in the running for best picture were the cancer tale "50/50"; the action thriller "Drive"; and the family dramas "Beginners" and "The Descendants.". Jeff Nichols' psychological drama "Take Shelter" won the Cannes Film Festival's 50th Critics' Week Grand Prixon Thursday. ", The lead-actress field included Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn." The film won two Saturn Awards, Best Writing for Nichols and Best Actor for Shannon, and was nominated for two more, Best Horror or Thriller Film and Best Actress for Chastain. Each week within this column Spirit Award voter & film critic Kristy Puchko will offer a keen insight on a new selection of nominees for the 2012 Spirit Awards, along with any garnered behind … Enraged, Curtis knocks Dewart to the floor, overturns a table and unleashes a frightening verbal tirade upon everyone present. Breakthrough Award. Image dimensions: 1000 x 1489. Notably absent from the Spirit Awards lineup was Academy Award winner George Clooney, considered a strong prospect for a best-actor nomination at the Oscars for "The Descendants.". For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser. Jessica Chastain is an American actress and producer. Having been informed of the borrowed work equipment, Curtis's boss fires him and gives him only two weeks' worth of medical insurance benefits, after placing Dewart, the close friend and co-worker whom Curtis asked to help him start construction of the shelter, on two weeks' unpaid administrative leave. Writer/director Jeff Nichols takes Shelter into uncharted terrain and ends the film with a dark open horizon. Best Supporting Actress. While Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is a post-9/11 movie, Take Shelter is a post-post-9/11 movie. As Samantha exits their beachhouse, the thick, oily rain that Curtis spoke of begins to fall, staining her outstretched hand. Nominees in the supporting categories included Christopher Plummer for "Beginners," Oscar winner Anjelica Huston for "50/50," Albert Brooks for "Drive" and John Hawkes for "Martha Marcy May Marlene," who won the supporting-actor prize at last season's Spirit Awards for "Winter's Bone. She is known for producing the 2011 film Take Shelter, for which she won Film Independent Spirit Awards' Piaget Producers Award. She and co-star Ed Harris, won 1984 Obie Awards for their rich performances, as did playwright Shepard for directing. Jessica Chastain. At a Lions Club community gathering, a bitter Dewart, who has been spreading gossip that Curtis is crazy, is angrily provoked and punches him. Last season's top winner at the Spirit Awards, "Black Swan," also was a hit with Academy voters, earning a best-picture nomination there and winning the best-actress Oscar for Natalie Portman. The premiere garnered exceptional notices and the play (and Kathy) went to New York. Miami-Dade County's website allows constituents and visitors to read about key services, important news and other vital government information. LAFCA Award. A haunting film, Take Shelter is surely to be one of the critical darlings of 2011. The film won two Saturn Awards, Best Writing for Nichols and Best Actor for Shannon, and was nominated for two more, Best Horror or Thriller Film and Best Actressfor Cha… He instead channels his anxieties into a compulsive obsession to improve and enlarge a storm shelter in his backyard; however, his increasingly strange behavior - including a tendency to cut ties with anyone in his life that has harmed him only in his dreams - strains his relationship with his family, friends, employer, and the close-knit town. The consensus states "Michael Shannon gives a powerhouse performance and the purposefully subtle filmmaking creates a perfect blend of drama, terror, and dread. … "Take Shelter" star Michael Shannon earned a lead-actor nomination as a family man who comes unhinged amid visions of a coming apocalyptic storm. With five nominations each, the silent movie The Artist and the apocalyptic drama Take Shelter dominated the nominations for Film Independent's Spirit Awards… In Take Shelter, Curtis LaForche (Michael Shannon, in a performance that should have garnered him a Best Actor Academy Award nomination) is a husband and a father, working as a construction worker in Ohio.He begins to have a series of nightmares about a storm, one that rains polluted water and causes people and animals to react manically. He has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in Revolutionary Road (2008) and Nocturnal Animals (2016). The silent movie "The Artist" and the doomsday drama "Take Shelter" led the Spirit Awards honoring independent film on Tuesday with five nominations each, including best picture. Georgia Film Critics Association (GAFCA) 2012. [6] Later in September, Take Shelter was shown at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival[7][8] and at the 7th Zurich Film Festival, where it was awarded as the best International Feature Film. Her breakthrough came in 2011, when she starred in six films, and received critical acclaim for her performances in Take Shelter, The Tree of Life, and The Help. Her breakthrough came in 2011, when she starred in six films, and gained acclaim for her performances in Take Shelter , The Tree of Life , and The Help . A black-and-white throwback to early Hollywood, "The Artist" also earned a lead-actor nomination for Jean Dujardin as a silent film star whose career crumbles as the sound era takes over in the late 1920s. Samantha looks up to a bigger version of the ominous storm clouds Curtis had seen, massing over the ocean; tornado-like waterspouts reach down to the ocean's surface, and the tide pulls back as a tsunami looms in the distance. The plot follows a young husband and father (Shannon) who is plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, and questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. He hides all of this from his wife, Samantha, and their deaf daughter, Hannah. Clooney's young co-star Shailene Woodley, who plays his daughter in "The Descendants," earned a supporting-actress slot. Take Shelter is a 2011 American psychological thriller drama horror film, written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. After a tense standoff, Curtis throws open the doors into the blinding sun; a strong-but-bearable storm has passed, and neighbors are cleaning up broken tree limbs and other yard debris as power company trucks restore electricity along the street. Nominee. “Take Shelter” takes place in a world that has not broken, not yet, but look closely, and you can see little fractures in the American dream. Jessica Chastain is an American actress and producer. The production itself won the Obie for "Best New American Play." “The Artist” and “The Descendants” will be vying for the top prize at the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which will hand out trophies in 14 competitive categories in a relaxed beachside ceremony in Santa Monica Saturday. "Like Crazy," the top winner at last January's Sundance Film Festival, was completely overlooked, receiving no nominations. So yes, Take Shelter is an Oscar-caliber film that was not given its fair shot at the big awards ceremony this year. After Curtis takes more than the prescribed dose of a sedative and has a seizure, Samantha calls an ambulance. The show will air later that night on IFC. Talk The nominations for the 27th Film Independent’s Spirit Awardswere announced this morning in Los Angeles, and both Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter” … For Coriolanus , The Debt , The Help and The Tree of Life. His wife implores him, insisting that there's no storm and that he needs to open the door. For The Tree of Life , The Help , Take Shelter , The Debt and Texas Killing Fields. Eligible films must have production budgets of no more than $20 million and meet independent-cinema criteria that include uniqueness of vision and original, provocative subject matter. Directed by Jeff Nichols. [13], Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film four out of four stars and praised Shannon's performance, writing, "It is the gift of actor Michael Shannon as Curtis LaForche that while appearing to be a stable husband and father with a good job in construction, he also can evoke by his eyes and manner a deep unease." Curtis grudgingly sees a counselor at a free clinic, with whom he talks about his family's psychological history. Wins Audience Award", "Jessica Chastain: The dazzling redhead who's suddenly everywhere", "Emotional Trajectories: Jeff Nichols on Loving", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Take_Shelter&oldid=1000111556, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 13 January 2021, at 17:00. Samantha becomes angry when she discovers the project. Curtis buys gas masks for his family and extends his previous employer's health insurance policy for a few extra weeks. She made her film debut with the 2008 independent drama Jolene, for which she won a Best Actress award at the Seattle International Film Festival. one of my favorite pastimes is going to wikipedia, pulling up the entry for the 84th academy awards, and reading the names of the five guys nominated for best actor instead of michael shannon with a look of pure disgust on my face. In fact, Nichols is already working with Shannon again. Take Shelter, released by Sony Pictures Classics (which opened the film in September) and premiering at Sundance, is just the next step in what I’m sure will be a stellar career. Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2011. But I’ll just have to move past that now in order to talk about the film itself. [4] It also received the Fipresci award from the International Federation of Film Critics, sharing it with Le Havre and The Minister. My take on a trailer for Jeff Nichols' brilliant 2011 psychological thriller "Take Shelter." Most laudable of Take Shelter, though, is the brilliantly spellbinding and ambiguous final act. In LaGrange, Ohio, Curtis LaForche has apocalyptic dreams and visual and auditory hallucinations of rain "like fresh motor oil", swarms of menacing black birds, and being harmed by people close to him. [11], Take Shelter received critical acclaim. Co-star Jessica Chastain was nominated for supporting actress, while "Take Shelter" also received nominations for director Jeff Nichols and a prize for emerging producers for Sophia Lin. After he finds out that his counselor at the free clinic has suddenly transferred and been replaced with a new one, he walks out. In an interview with Creative Screenwriting five years after the release of the film, Nichols reflected, "I had a very strict idea of what the end of Take Shelter was. The simple reason for why it didn't get nominated for awards is because it wasn't popular enough. The Spirit Awards nominations are one of the first key honors on the long road to the Oscars, which often are dominated by big Hollywood films but generally include many nominees from the independent film world. Take Shelter is a 2011 American psychological thriller drama horror film, written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. Take Shelter Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Tova Stewart, Shea Whigham, Katy Mixon, Kathy Baker, Ray McKinnon, Lisagay Hamilton, Robert Longstreet (Sony Pictures Classics) Breakthrough Director I know exactly what happens, and it’s fascinating to see people respond to it in their own ways. It’s active, kinetic, and really humbling. [3] The film also screened in May 2011 at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the 50th Critics' Week Grand Prix. Take Shelter earned a best feature nod along with nominations for Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain and Jeff Nichols for best male lead, best supporting female and best director, respectively. GAFCA Award. In that situation you’re in a conversation with your audience. The film won awards at several regional film festivals and was nominated for a Spirit Award. [5] In September 2011, Take Shelter was shown at the 37th Deauville American Film Festival, where it beat 13 other contenders to win the festival's grand prize. I really can’t think of a more rewarding or fulfilling result for something you’ve written. Samantha and Curtis exchange glances, as Samantha assuringly whispers "ok." The scene cuts to black, leaving the truth of the reality a mystery. The stars of Woody Allen's romantic fantasy "Midnight in Paris" — among them Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Oscar winners Marion Cotillard and Kathy Bates — missed out, too. He earned Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for his role in 99 Homes (2014), and a Tony Award nomination for … Samantha gets Curtis to see an actual psychiatrist and demands that they attend a social function so she can restore some sense of normalcy to their strained, increasingly isolated life. ", Along with Hazanavicius and Nichols, directing nominees were Mike Mills for "Beginners," Alexander Payne for "The Descendants" and Nicolas Winding Refn for "Drive.". Sophia Lin - Wikipedia In 2009, writer–director Jeff Nichols, with whom Lin had previously worked on a failed project, sent her his script titled Take Shelter. His mother, Sarah, has paranoid schizophrenia that surfaced in her at about the same age that Curtis is now. Also nominated were Lauren Ambrose for the single-mom story "Think of Me," Rachael Harris for the road-trip comedy "Natural Selection," Adepero Oduye for the teen drama "Pariah" and Elizabeth Olsen as an escapee from a cult in "Martha Marcy May Marlene.". IE 11 is not supported. Take Shelter premiered in January 2011 at the Sundance Film Festival, and Sony Pictures Classics acquired rights to distribute the film in North America, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand. It has a rating of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 164 reviews, with an average score of 8.02/10. Members of Film Independent, who include filmmakers and movie fans, are eligible to vote on the winners. [9][10], The film had a limited release in New York and Los Angeles on September 30, 2011. In order to get the expanded storm shelter done, Curtis breaks work rules by using equipment from his construction job at his house and gets a home improvement loan he can ill afford to start building the shelter - all without telling his wife. "[14], Since the release of Take Shelter, viewers have discussed the meaning of the film's ambiguous ending. Take Shelter (2011) Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Special Mention Award [Nominee] (2017) A psychiatrist advises the couple to go through with their planned, annual beach vacation, but that Curtis will need to get psychiatric care in a facility away from his family upon their return. "Take Shelter" BEST DIRECTOR Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist" Mike Mills, "Beginners" Jeff Nichols, "Take Shelter" Alexander Payne, "The Descendants" Nicolas … Drive also earned nominations in best feature, director (Nicholas Winding Refn), male lead (Ryan Gosling) and supporting male (Albert Brooks) categories. Presented by the cinema group Film Independent, the Spirit Awards will be handed out the day before the Academy Awards, at an afternoon ceremony on Feb. 25. ... Take Shelter 2011. Later, a tornado warning sends him and his family into the shelter. Winner. Jessica Chastain. Because Take Shelter is about how we live now. But their relatively unknown co-star, Corey Stoll, picked up a supporting-actor nomination for his scene-stealing role as Ernest Hemingway. He prophetically shouts that a devastating storm is coming, insisting that none of them is prepared. The silent movie "The Artist" and the doomsday drama "Take Shelter" led the Spirit Awards honoring independent film on Tuesday with five nominations each, including best picture. High resolution official theatrical movie poster (#1 of 3) for Take Shelter (2011). He also wrote, "Here is a frightening thriller based not on special effects gimmicks but on a dread that seems quietly spreading in the land: that the good days are ending, and climate changes or other sinister forces will sweep away our safety. After they awaken, Curtis reluctantly removes his gas mask, prompted by Samantha. They go to open the shelter doors, but he still hears a storm outside. The film grabbed directing and screenplay nominations for Michel Hazanavicius, along with a cinematography slot for Guillaume Schiffman. "[12] The film also has a score of 85 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on 34 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim". Winner. The plot follows a young husband and father (Shannon) who is plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, and questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. Also nominated for best feature at the show are “50/50,” “Beginners,” “Drive” and “Take Shelter.” Take Shelter is a 2011 American psychological thriller drama film, written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain.The plot follows a young husband and father (Shannon) who is plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, and questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. She made her film debut with the 2008 independent drama Jolene , for which she won a Best Actress award at the Seattle International Film Festival . Starring Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Katy Mixon, Shea Whigham He recovers, then finally explains the truth to her, including his dreams. “The Artist” and “Take Shelter” lead the 2012 Spirit Award nominees Posted by Matt Singer on November 29th At a ceremony in Los Angeles this morning, Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale announced the nominees for the 2012 Spirit Awards, which will be handed out on IFC on Saturday, February 25. Spirit Awards nominees were chosen by panels of film professionals. The top prize of the Critic's Week, which seeks to "showcase first and second feature films by directors from all over the world," went to Nichols' film "Take Shelter… Other lead-actor contenders were Ryan Gosling for "Drive," Demian Bichir for the immigrant drama "A Better Life" and Woody Harrelson for the police story "Rampart. The beautiful part of storytelling is that you’re not just telling people a story, they’re also telling you something about themselves too through their reactions. "[15], List of films featuring the deaf and hard of hearing, "Sony snaps up 'Take Shelter' at Sundance", "Toronto 2011: 'Where Do We Go Now?' Tensions linger between Curtis and Sam over his loss of a job/income at such a crucial time for their family. Michael Corbett Shannon (born August 7, 1974) is an American actor, producer, director, and musician. Take Shelter is a powerhouse experience told on a small budget. At Myrtle Beach, while Curtis is building sand castles with Hannah, she signs the word "storm". Curtis begins to miss more work, causing tensions with his boss, as he and Samantha make preparations for the cochlear implant surgery Hannah is to undergo in six weeks' time. 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