The Holdovers

New York Times Critics' Pick
133 mins.
Directed by Alexander Payne
R
2023

Nominated for 5 Oscars:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor (Paul Giamatti)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Da'Vine Joy Randolph)
  • Original Screenplay
  • Editing

Last day Thursday, Feb. 1.

From acclaimed director Alexander Payne, THE HOLDOVERS follows a curmudgeonly instructor (Paul Giamatti) at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go.

Eventually, he forms an unlikely bond with one of them—a damaged, brainy troublemaker (newcomer Dominic Sessa)—and with the school’s head cook (Da’Vine Joy Randolph), who has just lost a son in Vietnam.


Winner of two Golden Globes: 

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy (Paul Giamatti)
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture c

Winner of three Critic's Choice Awards: 

  • Best Actor (Paul Giamatti)
  • Best Supporting Actress (Da'Vine Joy Randolph)
  • Best Young Performer (Dominc Sessa)

“There’s a sharpness to the comedy, some attitude and freshness, some wisdom... This is Giamatti’s second outing with Payne, and he’s as acerbic here as he was in SIDEWAYS. But this time, Giamatti embraces the wounds of life’s defeats.” Wesley Morris. A New York Times Critic's Pick!