Director: John Madden Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Colin Firth, Imelda Staunton, Geoffrey Rush, Ben Affleck, Tom Wilkinson, Judi Dench, Mark Williams, Simon Callow, Patrick Barlowe, Steven O’Donnell, Antony Sher, Martin Clunes, Joe Roberts, Rupert Everett (uncredited), John Inman (uncredited)
Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Leading Role (Gwyneth Paltrow); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Judi Dench); Best Original Screenplay (Martin Childs & Jill Stoppard); Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; Best Costume Design; Best Original Musical or Comedy Score (Stephen Warbeck)
Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Geoffrey Rush); Best Director (John Madden); Best Cinematography; Best Sound; Best Film Editing; Best Makeup
I First Saw In: c. 2009
Synopsis: In this historical fiction a young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets a bright young woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.
Did You Know? With 7 Oscars, this film currently holds the records for winning the most Oscars without also winning Best Director.
Quotables: QUEEN ELIZABETH: Mr. Tilney! Have a care with my name – you will wear it out.
And now a Word from the Guise:
I think most people consider this to be another Academy travesty, as it won Best Picture over the projected favourite, Saving Private Ryan. But you know, not every Best Picture needs to be a war movie. And I do so love this film, despite it’s historical inaccuracies. In fact, I love this film for its historical inaccuracies. It’s funny, romantic, passionate, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Plus, it’s all about feminism and women fighting the patriarchy, or at least insomuch as made sense for the times and the film. Gwyneth Paltrow defies the absurd law that a woman cannot be an actor. When the Master at Arms comes to make his arrest “in the name of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth”, the Queen herself puts him in his place before the entire theatre. Also, Imelda Staunton and Geoffrey Rush are a hoot and a half.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233