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Tulsa World, Okla., Rita Sherrow column

October 23, 2013


Oct. 23--Julia Roberts received an award for her work in "August: Osage County" in the first show of awards season.

And it was Roberts' husband who persuaded her to join the all-star cast of "August: Osage County," filmed around Bartlesville, reports at

That's what she told her colleagues when she accepted the supporting actress award at Monday's Hollywood Film Awards in Los Angeles.

"To be humbled is to take part in a Tracy Letts anything," Roberts said.

"It will bring you to your knees, and, fortunately, I was on my knees with the best actors a girl could ever be around. It was my dream cast. My dream situation. And it was something I almost didn't do because I didn't want to leave home, and I was scared because I'm that paradox of a person who wants to be Lucille Ball and be invisible."

After thanking director John Wells, film producer Harvey Weinstein and her castmates, she talked about the part her husband, cinematographer Danny Moder, played in her decision to take the role of Barbara.

"More than anything, the singular man who got me out of the house and on a plane to Oklahoma to do this (movie) -- and it made me believe in myself in a whole brand-new way -- my husband, who is here tonight. ...

"So Danny Moder. I love you, babe," she said.

In the film, adapted from Oklahoman Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of the same name, a dysfunctional family reunites after the disappearance of its family patriarch. Roberts, Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson star as the three daughters with Meryl Streep playing their acid-tongued, cancer-stricken and pill and alcohol-addicted mother.

"August: Osage County" also received the Hollywood Ensemble Cast Award.

The film, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, will be released in theaters Christmas Day.

See all the acceptance speech at the awards at


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