Oscar Movies: Thirteen (2003)–Holly Hunter, Supporting Actress

Oscar Nominations: 1

Supporting Actress: Holly Hunter

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

Holly Hunter has won the 1993 Best Actress Oscar for the Jane Campion’s film, The Piano.


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This independent film, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who co-wrote the scenario with Nikki Reed, stars Holly Hunter and Evan Rachel Wood as perpetually worrying mother and troubled daughter, respectively.

Loosely based on Reed’s life, around the age of 12-13, the tale centers on Tracy, a junior high school pupil (Evan Rachel Wood), who begins dabbling in substance abuse, sex, and crime after being befriended by a troubled classmate (Reed).

The supporting cast includes Brady Corbet, Deborah Kara Unger, Kip Pardue, and Vanessa Hudgens.

The screenplay for Thirteen was written over six days by Hardwicke and the then-14-year-old Reed.

Hardwicke, a former production designer, independently raised funds for the production.

Filming took place on location in Los Angeles in 2002, largely shot with hand-held camera, to generate a cinema verite style.

Upon the film’s debut at the 2003 Sundance Film Fest, Hardwicke won the Best Directing (Drama) Award.

Fox Searchlight acquired Thirteen for distribution, giving the film limited release on August 20, 2003, and expanded one in September 2003.

The low-budget indie grossed $4.6 million at the US box-office.

Though it received largely favorable reviews, Thirteen generated controversy for its depiction of youth drug use (including Marijuana and alcohol), underage sexual behavior, and self-harm.


Other Nominations:

Evan Rachel Wood and Holly Hunter received Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, respectively.