'Foxcatcher' Snags Five Oscar Nominations

Actors Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo each received nods from the Academy for their work.

Our prediction for Foxcatcher came true this morning. The critically acclaimed film was nominated for five Academy Awards. It also earned three Golden Globe nominations.

Foxcatcher’s plot centers around the murderous exploits of infamous Newtown Square resident John Eleuthère du Pont, who gunned down his assistant wrestling coach, David Schultz, in front of the former Olympian’s home on the sprawling property. The film wowed critics with its stark portrayal of the Schultz brothers’ dysfunctional relationship with du Pont.

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Steve Carell’s uncanny representation of du Pont snagged him a much-deserved Best Actor nomination. And Mark Ruffalo picked up an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of David Schultz.

Steve Carell’s John du Pont coaches Channing Tatum’s Mark Schultz

 Tatum and Mark Ruffalo portray the Schultz brothers in Foxcatcher.

Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard are up for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling—undoubtedly for the prosthetic nose that gave Carell the disturbingly distinct du Pont look. Director Bennett Miller was also nominated, as were screenwriters Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye.

This year’s Academy Awards will air Feb. 22. To see the complete list of the 2015 nominations, click here.

To read Main Line Today’s interviews with the attorneys involved in the du Pont trial, click here.

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