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Hillbilly Elegy: Glenn Close and Amy Adams Are Ready for Their Oscars

The new trailer for the Ron Howard-directed drama, based on J.D. Vance’s bestseller, has arrived.

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Glenn Close and Amy Adams are ready for their Oscars now, please and thank you. On Wednesday, Netflix released the trailer for Hillbilly Elegy, the Ron Howard-directed adaptation of J.D. Vance’s bestselling 2016 memoir, starring Adams and Close as a feuding mother-daughter duo. 

The drama revolves around a complicated Appalachian family, starring Adams as Vance’s (Gabriel Basso) mother, the embattled, drug-addicted Bev. She constantly spars with both her son and her own mother, the tough Mamaw, played by Close in thick glasses and a curly wig. The film is also extremely topical; Vance’s memoir delves into the social mores and political beliefs of poor conservatives, and, upon publication, was quickly heralded as a touchstone for making sense of Donald Trump’s election. 

Political analysis aside, the trailer for Hillbilly Elegy alone is awards bait of the highest order, packed with scenes of Close and Adams chewing up the scenery as they fight and scream. Between them, the pair have 13 total Oscar nominations but zero wins—making Hillbilly one of the more intriguing titles on this year’s awards circuit. Will one of them finally break their Oscar spell next year and land an acting statuette? Will both of them win?? It’s possible! 

Per the trailer, Hillbilly is still slated to release this year despite a slew of delayed titles in the wake of the pandemic. Netflix is set to debut the adaptation both in theaters and on its streaming service November 24, launching the film into this year’s awards conversation. 

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