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Monster's Ball

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Original title
Monster's Ball
Running time
111 min.
United States United States
Milo Addica, Will Rokos
Asche and Spencer, Chris Beaty
Roberto Schaefer
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Drama | Southern Gothic
Synopsis / Plot
Set in modern Louisiana, MONSTER'S BALL subtly examines the impact of personal loss and the transforming power of human connection. The movie begins in the state penitentiary's death row, where father-and-son prison guards Hank (Billy Bob Thornton) and Sonny Grotowski (Heath Ledger) administer the execution of a black death-row inmate Lawrence Musgrove (Sean Combs), who leaves behind a wife, Leticia (Halle Berry), and son, Tyrell (Coronji Calhoun). When both Hank and Leticia's children subsequently die, the two grieving parents are accidentally thrust together, where they begin to find comfort and eventually a form of redemption. Employing a languid pace and minimalist dialogue, MONSTER'S BALL slowly moves forward on the strength of the cast's performances and Marc Forster's understated direction. The complex characters are allowed to develop gradually over the course of the entire movie, making the film a richly satisfying character study rather than a quick, plot-driven confection.
2001: Oscar: Best Actress (Halle Berry). 2 Nominations: Actress and Original Screenplay
2001: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Actress - Drama (Halle Berry)
2002: Nominated BAFTA Awards: Best Actress (Halle Berry)
2001: 2 Awards National Board of Review: Best Actor (Bob Thornton), Actress
2002: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Best Actress (Halle Berry)
2001: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 Movies of the Year
2001: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Screenplay
2001: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
2001: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Actress (Hally Berry)
2001: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Actress (Halle Berry)
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