I'm interested in pretty much anything Dame Judi Dench is in, and when I heard this movie was about a woman searching for the baby that was taken from her 50 years earlier, I knew I needed to see it. (My parents were foster parents, and I chose foster care/adoption as my specialty in social work.)
But the movie was so much more than that! It chronicled an unlikely friendship. It provided much to ponder about faith and evil and forgiveness. It made me really miss the wonderful older ladies I have loved and lost: my grandmother, my mother-in-law, my grandmother-in-law (the real-life Ludelphia). It explores man's inhumanity to man... or in this case, the nuns' inhumanity to young girls.
It's a special movie. I can totally see why it's nominated. I hope you'll go see for yourself!
Nominated movies we've seen: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Her, Philomena
Movies we still need to see: Dallas Buyers Club (on video), Nebraska (on video Feb. 25), 12 Years a Slave (on video), The Wolf on Wall Street (in theater)