Director: Spike Jonze Cast: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Jay Tavare, Litefoot, Roger Willie, Jim Beaver, Cara Seymour, Doug Jones, Stephen Tobolowsky, Gary Farmer, Peter Jason, Gregory Itzin, Curtis Hanson, Judy Greer, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ron Livingston, Brian Cox, David O. Russell

Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Chris Cooper)

Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Nicolas Cage); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Meryl Streep); Best Adapted Screenplay (Charlie Kaufman & Donald Kaufman)

I First Saw In: c. 2010

Synopsis: A lovelorn screenwriter becomes desperate as he tries and fails to adapt The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean for the screen.

Did You Know? Nicolas Cage plays twins, Charlie and Donald Kaufman. Charlie Kaufman is a real person, but Donald Kaufman is not. So Donald Kaufman is the only fictitious person to ever receive an Oscar nomination.

Quotables: SUSAN ORLEAN: It’s over. Everything’s over. I did everything wrong. I want my life back. I want it back before everything got fucked up. I want to be a baby again. I want to be new. I WANT TO BE NEW.

And now a Word from the Guise:
This is probably one of the only Nicolas Cage performances that I’ve ever actually liked. He’s still delivers his lines in his trademark monotone, but it works for the characters. This is definitely one of my favourite Meryl Streep performances, which is saying a lot as she is my all-time favourite actress.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233