A Beautiful Mind

Beautiful Mind
BiographyDrama, Thriller
2001

Director: Ron Howard Cast: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg, Josh Lucas, Anthony Rapp, Jason Gray-Stanford, Judd Hirsch, Austin Pendleton, Vivien Cardone, Jillie Simon, Victor Steinbach, Tanya Clarke, Thomas F. Walsh, Roy Thinnes, Cheryl Howard, Rance Howard, Jane Jenkins, Josh Pais, Bryce Dallas Howard (uncredited)

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jennifer Connelly); Best Director (Ron Howard); Best Adapted Screenplay (Akiva Goldsman)

Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Russell Crowe); Best Film Editing; Best Makeup; Best Original Score (James Horner)

I First Saw In: c. 2002

Synopsis: After a brilliant but asocial mathematician, John Nash, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.

Quotables: NASH: There has to be a mathematical explanation for how bad that tie is.

And now a Word from the Guise:
I tend to agree with Premiere that this is one of the most overrated films of all time. The supporting performances, script, and pretty much every other aspect of the film is pretty milquetoast. Russell Crowe is decent, but coming off the heels of his Oscar win from the previous year for Gladiator, it’s as though he was either trying really hard to get another Oscar or he was in a state of “I don’t give a hell, I already have an Oscar!” I can’t tell which. Paul Bettany’s is the only performance I found remotely compelling, though that all went out the window when it was revealed that he wasn’t real.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233