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Gods and Monsters

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Original title
Gods and Monsters
Running time
105 min.
United States United States
Bill Condon (Novel: Christopher Bram)
Carter Burwell
Stephen M. Katz
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Lions Gate Films / Showtime / BBC Films / Regent Entertainment / Gregg Fienberg
Drama | Film In Film. Gay & Lesbian
Synopsis / Plot
Based on Christopher Bram's novel FATHER OF FRANKENSTEIN, Bill Condon's semi-fictional 1998 sleeper stars Sir Ian McKellen in a fantastic performance as director James Whale (FRANKENSTEIN, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, SHOW BOAT). It is 1957, and Whale is living in semiseclusion in Southern California with his scrutinizing maid, Hannah (Lynn Redgrave). His health is failing, and he is able to do little but lounge around and contemplate his younger days--his many male loves, his days in WWI, and the film world that has forsaken him. When Whale first gazes upon his musclebound gardener, Clay (Brendan Fraser), however, it is the beginning of an unusual (and platonic) friendship. Seasoned with multiple flashbacks to the sets of his films and to the battlefield, GODS AND MONSTERS is a haunting and touching look at the life of a man who was at the top of the Hollywood hierarchy but soon found himself out of favor--and the offbeat friendship he formed in his final days.
1998: Oscar: Best Adapted Screenplay. 3 Nominations, including Best Actor (McKellen)
1998: Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actress (Lynn Redgrave). 3 Nominations
1998: Nominada BAFTA Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Lynn Redgrave)
1998: San Sebastián Film Festival: Best Actor (Ian McKellen), Jury Special Prize
1998: National Board of Review: 2 Awards: Best Movie and Best Actor (McKellen)
1998: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actor (Ian McKellen)
1998: Asociación of Critics of Toronto: Best Actor (Ian McKellen)
1998: Critics' Choice Awards: Best Actor (Ian McKellen). 2 Nominations
1998: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Film, Actor & Supp. Actress. 4 Nominations
1998: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
1998: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nom. Best Actor (McKellen) & Sup. Actress (Redgrave)
1998: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Best Actor (Ian McKellen)
1999: British Independent Film Awards (BIFA): Best Actor (McKellen). 3 Nominations
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