Gritty dramas based around the Iraq War were a popular subject in films in 2009. Dominating the award season is The Hurt Locker. Which means another film based in all of the Iraq War drama has been passed up, The Messenger. Staff Sergeant William Montgomery (Ben Foster) and Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson) are part of the Army’s Casualty Notification service. The two men are tasked with telling families about downed soldiers. The Messenger is a moving drama, with touchy subject material.
This is Woody Harrelson’s second Academy Award Nomination. Harrelson was also nominated for The People Vs Larry Flynt in 1996.