I have watched many movies in my time and few have nauseated me as much as BotSW. It was as if this film was produced by some demented wantabe high school film auteur. Other than the young girl, there was little in the way of character development. I had no empathy for the crazy drunk father. Nor, for that matter, did I empathize with any of the other anti-social characters who in a somewhat "normative" setting would have reported the father to CPS. These people were disgusting in their hatred of the world beyond the levee. So, let's blow a hole in the levee and make life worse for everyone on the other side!! What was the redeeming value of watching this film? - the glorification of white and black trash Deliverance type personalities?? The scene where the girls swam out to sea to find the floating house of prostitution made no sense whatsoever. And why didn't any of the other children ever utter one word? Maybe the director didn't want to pay them scale. To my way of thinking, it is incomprehensible that this film was nominated by the Academy for Best Picture. Perhaps they feel beholden to Sundance. The fact that a young girl (5 years old at time of filming) in her first film is nominated for Best Actress is a disgrace!!! What does this say about the craft of acting when someone in their first film is nominated for the top award? This movie overall left me with a very bad taste in my mouth - like eating alligator hush puppies.