Character: Natalie Keener in Up In The Air
Film: Ryan Bingham's job is to fire people from theirs. The anguish, hostility, and despair of his "clients" has left him falsely compassionate, living out of a suitcase, and loving every second of it.
When his boss hires arrogant young Natalie, she develops a method of video conferencing that will allow termination without ever leaving the office - essentially threatening the existence Ryan so cherishes.
Determined to show the naive girl the error of her logic, Ryan takes her on one of his cross country firing expeditions, but as she starts to realize the disheartening realities of her profession, he begins to see the downfalls to his way of life.
Previous Golden Globe Wins: Kendrick has no previous Golden Globe wins.
Previous Golden Globe Nominations: This is her first nomination.
Awards/Nominations for Performance: For her role the young actress has already picked up National Board of Review, Houston Film Critics Society and Toronto Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress awards.
She has also been nominated at the broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Critics: “This crowd-pleaser is currently the frontrunner to win the Oscar for best film of 2009. The talented Kendrick in a breakthrough role is the spark plug in this enterprise.” - Entertainment Spectrum
“Up in the Air is a timeless movie that's utterly of its time -- a movie of humour, heart and mind.” - Newsweek
“Timeliness can be tricky to pull off convincingly in movies. It's tough to capture an era while it's still happening, yet Up in the Air does so brilliantly, with wit and humanity.” - USA Today
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