Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program alumna Lisa Cholodenko's ('97SOA) The Kids Are All Right has been nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, which Cholodenko co-wrote with Stuart Blumberg. The film was also nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Annette Bening) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Mark Ruffalo). Nominations were announced this morning, and the Academy Awards ceremony will be February 27.
The film is distributed by Focus Features, of which Film Professor James Schamus is CEO.
The nominations continue the film's award-season streak: The Kids Are All Right recently won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical, and Bening also won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical, putting the film's total at two Golden Globe wins out of four nominations. Cholodenko also won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for the film, awarded January 10. In addition, the film recently garnered four BAFTA nominations, for Original Screenplay, Leading Actress (Annette Bening), Leading Actress (Julianne Moore), and Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo). The BAFTA Awards will be presented February 13.
Killing in the Name, by Jed Rothstein, who studied film at the School of the Arts in 1996 and 1997, has also been nominated for an Oscar, in the Documentary Short Subject category.