Winter's Bone was nominated for four Academy Awards; Best picture, best actress, best supporting actor and best adapted screenplay. Having just watched it I think that all of those were hugely deserved. This is a great film. It tells the story of a 17 year old girl (Ree) in middle America supporting her two younger siblings and a catatonic mother. Her father is missing and due to stand trial for cooking meth. Ree is told that if he fails to show up in court the family home will be taken as part of his bail agreement. And so Ree sets out to find him before she and her family become homeless. This is a very authentic movie. Not only does it play out as a drama and leans towards thriller but it is also a movie about it's setting. This is a backwards, poverty stricken part of America where there's very few savoury characters and criminal activity is almost a way of life. The film moves at the right pace and lets it's location tell part of the story. It's a stark and unforgiving country which is rarely seen this honestly on screen and the performances are incredible, notably Jennifer Lawrence who carries the bulk of the film on her shoulders.