Jennifer Lawrence received her first Oscar nomination for playing Ree Dolly in Winter's Bone.
Winter's Bone is a fascinating, intensely original creation that continues to impress me. It's surprising how well the mystery of the story is kept and how tense the director handles everything. I love the atmosphere, being stuck out in the woods, where the main character can feel safe yet can be in so much danger. The story of a 17 year old girl in the Ozarks who must provide for her brother & sister, not to mention her catatonic mother when their father is arrested for drugs. She sets out a journey to find him, and runs into many troubles.
Honestly, there have many performances like this before (young one wise beyond her years) but I don't think I've ever seen one that has so much realism as Jennifer Lawrence possesses. When she talks to her mom in the woods, she is immaculate - you can't ask for a better performance. And of course, she always stays on this note during the film - confused, a bit naive, and finally understanding....or is she? Ultimately this is a brilliant performance, that continues to amaze me for it's disturbing raw reality.