'The Accountant' Wins Academy Award

In Sunday night's Academy Award ceremonies, the offbeat short film, "The Accountant," won the Oscar for Best Short Film - Live Action, beating out four contenders.

The film is about two brothers whose farm is on the brink of bankruptcy. They hire an accountant and get more than they bargained for.

The film is written and directed by and stars Ray McKinnon, who has appeared in more than 20 films including "The Net" starring Sandra Bullock, "Apollo 13," starring Tom Hanks, and the recent "O Brother, Where Art Thou," directed and produced by the Coen brothers and starring George Clooney, Holly Hunter, and John Goodman.

Mr. McKinnon's wife, Lisa Blount, produced the film. Ms. Blount is also an actress and was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her performance in "An Officer and a Gentleman," which starred Richard Gere and Debra Winger.

"The Accountant" won the award for Best Short Film at the 2001 Atlanta Film and Video Festival and has been described as "one of the most irreverent expressions of southern culture ever put to screen."


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