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Monster's Ball

Monster's Ball

Monster's Ball is a 2001 American romantic drama film directed by Marc Forster, produced by Lee Daniels and written by Milo Addica and Will Rokos, who also appear in the film. It stars Halle Berry, Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger, and Peter Boyle, with Sean Combs, Mos Def, and Coronji Calhoun in supporting roles. Thornton portrays a widowed corrections officer who begins a relationship with a woman (Berry), unaware that she is the widow of a man (Combs) he executed.

Plot

Hank Grotowski, a widower, and his son, Sonny, are white correctional officers in a prison in Georgia. They reside with Hank's father, Buck, a bigoted retired correctional officer whose wife (Hank's mother) died by suicide. Sonny is friends with the Cooper brothers, Willie and Darryl, who are black. At the behest of Buck, Hank frightens off the brothers with a shotgun and is later confronted by their father Ryrus.

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    award Academy Award for Best Actress Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Foreign Language Film National Board of Review Award for Best Actor National Board of Review Award for Best Actress National Board of Review: Top Ten Films Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
    contentLocation Louisiana
    director Marc Forster
    editor Matt Chesse
    events capital punishment
    genre drama romance
    keywords black women convicted murderer correctional officer corrections officer dinner date draw drive eat electric chair evict eviction notice funeral gas station ice cream inherit living room nursing home obesity retire revolver sexual encounter struggle talk wait walk want widow
    musicBy Asche and Spencer
    nomination Academy Award for Best Actress Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role BET Award for Best Actor & Actress Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Foreign Language Film MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Satellite Award for Best Original Screenplay Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay
    producer Lee Daniels
    productionCompany Lee Daniels Entertainment
    publisher Lionsgate Films
    theme independent race and ethnicity romantic drama