Woody Harrelson's Performance In "The Messenger" Praised
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - Actor Woody Harrelson (see photo) has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Oscar category 'Actor in a Supporting Role' for his excellent performance as Captain Tony Stone in the motion picture "The Messenger". Harrelson's co-star in the film is Ben Foster, who plays Staff Sargeant Will Montgomery, a returning veteran from the Iraq War who is assigned to the Army's casualty communications department that lets next of kin know of soldiers who have been killed in service.
Woody Harrelson's character (Tony Stone) works with Ben Foster's character (Will Montgomery) in delivering bad news to the families of the death of loved ones, and each has their own unique way of handling the pressures of conveying the terrible information. In a recent interview, Woody Harrelson said that playing the role of Stone in "The Messenger" was a very positive experience for him, and he now has immense respect for the work that all professional soldiers perform in their careers. Harrelson also said that although he is anti-war, he could now see the soldier's perspective much better and that by acting out the Captain Stone role, it had really rounded-out his own personal character as well.
The 2010 Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 7, 2010 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California, and the Awards will be broadcast live by the ABC Television Network. Actor Woody Harrelson shares the Oscar nomination for 'Actor in a Supporting Role' with Matt Damon in âInvictusâ, Christopher Plummer in âThe Last Stationâ, Stanley Tucci in âThe Lovely Bonesâ, and Christoph Waltz in the âInglourious Basterdsâ.
"The Messenger was directed by Oren Moverman and produced by Mark Gordon. The film is being distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories and had its commercial release to theatres on November 13, 2009.