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Notes on a Scandal

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Original title
Notes on a Scandal
Running time
92 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Patrick Marber (Novel: Zoë Heller)
Philip Glass
Chris Menges
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Fox Searchlight / DNA Films / UK Film Council / BBC Films
Drama | Psychological Drama. Schools & University
Synopsis / Plot
Barbara Covett (Dame Judi Dench) is a veteran and cynical schoolteacher who is close to retirement. She is barely tolerated by her less brilliant and acerbic colleagues who know nothing about her private life which consists mainly of taking care of Portia, her aging cat, and spending countless hours alone. The only means she has found to take the edge off her desperate loneliness is writing in her journal. When Sheba Hart (Cate Blanchett), a younger, attractive woman, joins the faculty as an art teacher, Barbara watches her from afar and has nothing but caustic things to say in her diary about her clothing and her care-free manner. Despite her disdain for this woman, Barbara finds herself reaching out to her. Sheba responds by inviting her to dinner at her house to meet Sheba's lecturer husband (Bill Nighy), who is twenty years her senior, and their two children, a sexy and rebellious 16-year-old daughter and a younger boy with Downs Syndrome.
2006: 4 Nominations for Oscar, including Best Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Music
2006: 3 Nominations for Golden Globe: Best Actress, Supporting Actress, Screenplay
2006: BAFTA Awards: 3 Nominations, including Best British Film and Actress (Dench)
2006: Toronto: Best Actress (Cate Blanchett)
2006: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actress (Judi Dench)
2007: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Best Screenplay & Best Actress (Dench)
2007: Nominated for David of Donatello: Best European Movie
2006: 3 Nominations for Critics' Choice Awards: Best Picture, Actress and Supp. Actress
2006: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Actress (Dench) & Sup. Actress (Blanchett)
2006: Chicago Film Critics Association: 4 Nom., incl. Best Actress (Dench)
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