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Best Picture Closeup: Philomena

  • By Valerie Ciliento


Oscar.com is taking you behind the scenes into the making of this year’s captivating Best Picture nominees. In the final installment of this exclusive video series hosted by Good Morning America’s Rachel Smith, we explore the making of PHILOMENA with actor and co-writer Steve Coogan, co-writer Jeff Pope, director Stephen Frears and actress Judi Dench.

The film tells the touching true story of Irishwoman Philomena Lee, played by Dench, and her brave journey from England to the United States in search of her long-lost son. Sent away to a convent in the early 1950s as a teenager after becoming pregnant, Philomena only knew her son for a few short years before the Catholic Church sent him away for adoption. Journalist Martin Sixsmith, played by Coogan, is at a turning point in his career when he accompanies Philomena across the pond to write his first human interest story. To his surprise, when the truth is uncovered, this hardened reporter finds that he can learn more from Philomena than he ever imagined.

Watch this video clip of the Academy screening with the cast and filmmakers as they give us their insight into the range of emotions felt while watching the film. Dench reveals that she was able to meet Philomena Lee and that Lee wanted her story to be told. Additionally, although Dench hopes the story will make viewers “quite angry,” she hopes it will uplift people at the same time. 

Which of this year’s Best Picture nominees will take home the night’s most coveted award? Find out on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at 7 p.m. ET | 4 p.m. PT on ABC and online at oscar.go.com. 


See all the Best Picture Closeups by clicking the links below:

Best Picture Closeup: American Hustle

Best Picture Closeup: Gravity

Best Picture Closeup: Captain Phillips

Best Picture Closeup: Nebraska

Best Picture Closeup: The Wolf of Wall Street 

Best Picture Closeup: Dallas Buyers Club

Best Picture Closeup: 12 Years a Slave







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