Annette Bening and Julianne Moore in The Kids Are All Right

The lesbian family film The Kids Are All Right is among the top contenders for Oscar statues in the upcoming 83rd Academy Awards, scooping four nominations.

The film was nominated in the categories of Actor in a Supporting Role for Mark Ruffalo, Actress in a Leading Role for Annette Bening, Writing (Original Screenplay) and Best Picture.

The nominations for this year’s awards were announced on Tuesday in Beverly Hills by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2009 Oscar winner Mo’Nique.

The Kids Are All Right also stars Julianne Moore and tells the story of two lesbian mothers whose life is thrown into turmoil when their teen children track down their biological father and introduce him into the family.

The film is particularly topical in the US where there has been a vigorous national debate over same-sex families and LGBT rights including marriage equality.

Directed and co-written by Lisa Cholodenko, the film earlier this month won Best Comedy and Best Actress for Annette Bening at the Golden Globe awards. It has also been nominated in The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards.

The New York Times described The Kids Are All Right as “a generous, nearly note—perfect portrait of a modern family,” and Entertainment Weekly called the movie “funny, smart and sexy!”

The other films in the running for Best Picture are Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit and Winter’s Bone.

The Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 27 in Hollywood.

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