Jane Anderson is the director of the upcoming film The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio. The film stars Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson as a couple in the 50’s and 60’s with ten children trying desperately to make ends meet.
The story is based on an actual family and was adapted for the screen by Anderson from the memoirs of Terry “Tuffy” Ryan, one of the daughters featured in the film. Julianne Moore plays Evelyn Ryan, a woman prodigious in the skilled contesting of the era. Ryan was often challenged with coming up with clever limericks for a commercial to help the family survive another month. Harrelson’s portrayal of Kelly Ryan as a drunken father to the children is nuanced and effective.
Read on to learn of Woody and lady directors, Robert Zemeckis’ choice to avoid a gaggle of kids, and the Oscar chances of The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio.
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