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Plot, Details & Awards

The Messenger

(2009)

Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity.

R In Theaters 11/13/2009 , 105min.
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Plot & Details

In his most powerful performance to date, Ben Foster stars as Will Montgomery, a U.S. Army officer who has just returned home from a tour in Iraq and is assigned to the Army's Casualty Notification service. Partnered with fellow officer Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson) to bear the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers, Will faces the challenge of completing his mission while seeking to find comfort and healing back on the home front. When he finds himself drawn to Olivia (Samantha Morton), to whom he has just delivered the news of her husband's death, Will's emotional detachment begins to dissolve and the film reveals itself as a surprising, humorous, moving and very human portrait of grief, friendship and survival.

Featuring tour-de-force performances from Foster, Harrelson and Morton, and a brilliant directorial debut by Moverman, 'The Messenger' brings us into the inner lives of these outwardly steely heroes to reveal their fragility with compassion and dignity.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Woody Harrelson Nominated
2009 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Alessandro Camon Nominated
2009 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Oren Moverman Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Woody Harrelson Nominated

Austin Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 Austin Film Critics Best Picture Nominated

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 Berlin International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Chicago International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 Chicago International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female Samantha Morton Nominated
2009 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Alessandro Camon Nominated
2009 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male Woody Harrelson Won
2009 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Oren Moverman Nominated
2009 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Oren Moverman Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actor Woody Harrelson Won
2009 National Board of Review Best Directorial Debut Oren Moverman Won
2009 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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