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One of the shining standouts of the 21st Philadelphia Film Festival and of the whole year was David O. Russell’s ‘Silver Linings Playbook’. Set in Philadelphia, last year’s opening night film starring Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, and Jennifer Lawrence follows a bi-polar man who recently gets released from a mental hospital and befriends a mysterious girl with her own baggage who agrees to help him reconcile with his estranged wife. But through a series of events that involves dancing and the Philadelphia Eagles, the pair grows closer together despite all their problems.
At the 85th Academy Awards ceremony next Sunday night, the film is up for eight awards, including Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, and Actress in a Leading Role. While I’m not normally one to make predictions on the Oscars, I really think that the amazingly talented and beautiful Jennifer Lawrence has a great chance of taking home the coveted statue.
But before ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ makes it to the Oscars, we had it here first in Philly! Check out the following videos from The Pretentious Film Majors featuring interviews with Matthew Quick, the author of the book the movie is based on, and Brea Bee, the actress who plays Pat’s ex-wife Nikki, as well as a little recap of the opening night of the festival at the Annenberg Zellerbach Theater at the University of Pennsylvania:
A Quick Interview With Matthew Quick
PFF21 Opening Night: 'Silver Linings Playbook' Red Carpet
Do you think that David O. Russell and the gang will take home a good number of awards next Sunday night? Was ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ one of your favorite movies of the year, like it was mine? If you’d like to comment on this blog post or just share your thoughts about anything with us, be sure to tweet the Philadelphia Film Society at @PhillyFilmSoc or leave us a comment on our Facebook page!