Philip Seymour Hoffman’s victory at the Oscars for his performance as writer Truman Capote came as no surprise. For the beginning to the end of the film, Hoffman steals the show, showing off his obvious talents as an actor. The underlying story is of Capote’s efforts as a writer for the New Yorker to uncover a community’s reaction to the senseless murder of a family of four in Halcomb, Kansas in 1959. But events take an unexpected turn when he strikes up a complex relationship with the family’s murderers, in particular Perry Smith. The result is his most defining work as an author entitled In Cold Blood. This movie is a must-see.