'Moonrise Kingdom' gets Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay


Wes Anderson’s motion picture "Moonrise Kingdom,"  shot entirely in  Rhode Island including considerable portions on Prudence Island and in other Portsmouth and Tiverton locations, has been nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Original Screenplay.

Starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman and Bob Balaban, "Moonrise Kingdom" follows the tale of a young boy and girl (newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) who fall in love and run away together while  townspeople mobilize to search for them on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960’s.

 "Moonrise Kingdom" was produced by Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson for Focus Features and Indian Paintbrush. Director Wes Anderson co-authored the screenplay with Roman Coppola.

 "We are very pleased that the Academy of Arts and Sciences has recognized the remarkable efforts of Wes Anderson and his team for their film 'Moonrise Kingdom,'" said Gov. Lincoln Chafee.  "'Moonrise Kingdom' is a prime example of how, through teamwork, our beautiful state can be showcased to a worldwide audience."

"Moonrise Kingdom" was selected as Movie of the Year at the American Film Institute Awards and Best Film at the Gotham Awards. The movie also won a Boston Society of Film Critics award for Best Film, Best Screenplay, and Best Use of Music in a Film; Best Production Design from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association; and Best Screenplay from the New York Film Critics Circle

Additional nominations include the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy; the Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast; Independent Spirit Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Feature, Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Male (Bruce Willis).



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