At first glance, Beautiful Boy — now in theatres — may not sound like your typical summer movie. But trust me, when Oscar season 2012 rolls around, watch out. This powerful film deserves to be nominated for major acting, directing and screen writing awards. The wheels were already set in motion for Oscar buzz when the movie earned the International Critics Discovery Award at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival.
Boy is the tender and tragic story of a couple (played by Maria Bello and Michael Sheen) who have drifted apart and are on the verge of a separation. Suddenly, they’re devastated by news that their only son, 18, has massacred fellow students and teachers at his college, then killed himself. Through this unimaginable horror and the ensuing emotional roller coast of confusion, disbelief, grief, regret, blame and guilt, the estranged husband and wife must struggle to communicate, commiserate and reconnect.