Movie filmed in town nominated for Oscar
“Moonrise Kingdom,” which was shot entirely in Rhode Island, has been nominated for an Academy Award for the best original screenplay. Director Wes Anderson co-authored it with Roman Coppola.
Premiering to a worldwide audience in spring 2012 at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, “Moonrise Kingdom” stars Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman and Bob Balaban.
“‘Moonrise Kingdom’” is a prime example of how, through teamwork, our beautiful state can be showcased to a worldwide audience,” said Gov. Lincoln Chafee.
The movie follows the whimsical tale of a young boy and girl who fall in love and run away together while a variety of townspeople mobilize to search for them on a unique island off the coast of New England in the 1960s. Scenes from the movie were shot in Fort Wetherill, Lincoln Woods, Arcadia Wildlife Management Area, Newport Airport and Prudence Island.
“When the visionary artist Wes Anderson picked Rhode Island as the unique location for his personal project and enlisted our talented local crew and vendors to make his movie dream come true, we could not have been more enthusiastic,” said Steven Feinberg, executive director of the Rhode Island Film & TV Office. “Now that ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ is receiving so many awards and accolades, it officially puts Rhode Island at the top of the independent filmmaking map.”
To date, more than 100 critics, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone and New York Film Critics, have deemed the movie one of the year’s best pictures.
“Moonrise Kingdom” was selected as movie of the year at the American Film Institute Awards, and was named best film at the Gotham Awards. The National Board of Revue voted it one of the top 10 independent films. “Moonrise Kingdom” also won a Boston Society of Film Critics award for best film, best screenplay and best use of music; 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 in a 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 actor (Willis).
The Academy Awards will be presented on Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. on ABC.