Nomination reactions: Jim Rash, Nat Faxon, writers, ‘The Descendants’

“One of the things that drew us to this, and what Alexander (Payne) does so well, is that you feel very real about reactions in dealing with these type of situations. There’s a sense of improvisation and what would happen in the moment. People are caught off guard with the movie in that it feels so real.”

— Jim Rash, screenwriter, “The Descendants

“People are reacting to the absence of melodrama and how some movies delve into a syrupy and false emotion. Alexander does a great job of avoiding that by pulling back on scenes.”

Nat Faxon, screenwriter, “The Descendants