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As Good As It Gets

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Original title
As Good As It Gets
Running time
138 min.
United States United States
Mark Andrus, James L. Brooks
Hans Zimmer
John Bailey
Gracie Films. Distributor: TriStar Pictures
Comedy. Drama. Romance | Romantic Comedy. Comedy-Drama. Gay & Lesbian
In New York, Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) is the most dysfunctional of men, an acid-tongued romance novelist who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. As part of Melvin's unwavering daily routine, he consumes an artery-hardening breakfast of bacon, sausages and eggs at a local cafe. The only waitress willing to stand up to his sarcastic tirades is Carol Connelly (Helen Hunt), a single mother struggling to raise her chronically asthmatic son. Simon Nye (Greg Kinnear) has the distinct misfortune of living across the hall from Melvin. A talented artist, Simon is the darling of New York's art world, reason enough to draw Melvin's verbal fire. These three, none of whom has a chance in hell of finding real happiness, discover their fates intertwined because of a fourth character: an ugly little dog named Verdall.
Rankings Position
1997: 2 Oscar: Best Actor (Jack Nicholson), Actress (Helen Hunt). 7 Nominations
1997: 3 Golden Globes: Best Movie - Comedy, Actor and Actress. 6 Nominations
1997: 2 Awards National Board of Review: Best Actor, Supp. Actor (Kinnear)
1997: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Nom. Best Actress (Hunt) & Actor (Nicholson)
1997: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Actor (Nicholson). 2 Nominations
1997: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
1997: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1997: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Original Screenplay
1997: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Actor (Nicholson) & Actress (Hunt). 3 Nom.
1997: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 6 Nom., incl. Best Picture & Director
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