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American Beauty

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Original title
American Beauty
Running time
122 min.
United States United States
Alan Ball
Thomas Newman
Conrad L. Hall
DreamWorks SKG
Drama. Comedy | Comedy-Drama. Family Relationships. Satire. Cult Movie
Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a middle aged man suffering from a mid-life crisis. He has an epiphany when he lays his eyes on one of his daughter Jane's friends. Woken from his suburban coma, he takes it upon himself to make a few changes -- like quitting his job and buying the car of his dreams. His wife, Carolyn (Annette Bening), is a frustrated control freak who is only maddened by his escalating freedom, and his daughter (Thora Birch) just plain hates him. His wife's reaction to the situation is to fall in the arms of a colleague (Peter Gallagher). The chaos in the neighborhood becomes more complicated with the arrival of an equally dysfunctional family consisting of a stern ex-Marine, his vacuous wife and their detached, drug-dealing son Ricky, who becomes involved with Jane.
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1999: 5 Academy Awards: Movie, Director, Actor (Kevin Spacey), Screenplay, Cinematography. 8 Nominations
1999: 3 Golden Globes: Best Movie - Drama, Director, Screenplay. 6 Nominations
1999: 6 BAFTA Awards, including Best Movie and Actor (Spacey). 14 Nominations
1999: Cesar Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Picture
1999: David di Donatello Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
1999: 2 Awards National Board of Review: Best Movie, Actor (Wes Bentley)
1999: Festival Toronto: Best Director (Sam Mendes), Audience Award
1999: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Director. 4 Nominations
1999: Chicago Film Critics Awards: 4 Awards, including Best Picture. 7 Nom.
1999: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Film & Best First Film
1999: Critics Choice Awards: Best Picture, Director & Original Screenplay
1999: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Film & Actor (Spacey)
1999: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Best Film
1999: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director
1999: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Original Screenplay
1999: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Cast, Actor (Spacey) & Actress (Bening)
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