A Closer Look at This Year’s Sundance-Supported Oscar Nominees: Margin Call
Kevin Spacey in Margin Call
A Closer Look at This Year’s Sundance-Supported Oscar Nominees: Margin Call
Zachary Quinto in Margin Call
A Closer Look at This Year’s Sundance-Supported Oscar Nominees: Margin Call
Paul Bettany in Margin Call

A Closer Look at This Year’s Sundance-Supported Oscar Nominees: Margin Call

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Leading up to the 84th edition of the Academy Awards this Sunday, February 26, we’re profiling all seven of this year’s Sundance-supported Oscar nominees. Click here for the full list of nominees.

Margin Call, written by J.C. Chandor

J.C. Chandor’s anxiety-ridden Wall Street drama belies his relatively light filmmaking résumé. Margin Call boasts an enthralling ensemble cast (Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci)  and a daunting premise tucked into a script that thrills without sacrificing plausibility—all courtesy of first-time director, Chandor. Equally smart and pertinent, the film follows a team of shot callers at a fictitious investment bank (although loosely modeled on Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns) as a series of momentous events unravel at the onset of the 2008 financial crisis. Margin Call expertly probes a complex financial world at its most fragile moments, all the while examining the professional, personal, and moral obligations of those involved.

  • Nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 2012 Academy Awards 
  • Margin Call screened in the Premieres section of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival
  • This is J.C. Chandor’s first feature-length film.
  • The all-star cast features Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Stanley Tucci, and Demi Moore.
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