We're breaking down all the Oscar contenders for you, so that you can decide whether you want to see them -- or at the very least, hold your own at cocktail parties. Next up: 'Animal Kingdom,' the Australian family crime thriller.

Nominated For: Best Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver)

What It's About: After his junkie mother ODs, teeange Josh -- "J" to his family -- moves in with his grandmother, affectionately known as "Smurf" (Weaver), and her three sons. J quickly discovers that his uncles are, in fact, notorious armed robbers and three of the most wanted men in Melbourne. As J begins to enter manhood, he is pushed closer to his family's criminal ways, all while the police are closing in on them with lethal force. He is torn between an officer of the law, who is trying to help him escape his dangerous family, and his loving grandmother, who is far more sinister and manipulative than she appears.
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