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About Schmidt Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Jack Nicholson plays retiring insurance actuary Warren Schmidt in Alexander Payne's About Schmidt. Schmidt has settled into a dormant life. He has an unfulfilling marriage to Helen (June Squibb), and conspires to spend as much time away from her as possible. Schmidt's daughter Jeannie (Hope Davis) is engaged to Randall Hertzel (Dermot Mulroney), a man Schmidt believes is entirely unworthy of his daughter. When Helen unexpectedly dies, Warren is adrift until he discovers old love letters sent to his wife from his best friend. This inspires Warren to make a valiant effort to stop his daughter's wedding. His plans start to go awry when he meets Randall's extroverted mother, Roberta (Kathy Bates). About Schmidt was screened at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival where many were surprised that Nicholson did not take home the Best Actor award. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

  • Release date:December 13, 2002

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Jack Nicholson Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2002 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Jack Nicholson Best Actor 2002 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Jack Nicholson Best Actor - Runner-up 2002 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Jack Nicholson Best Actor 2002 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Jack Nicholson Best Actor 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Nicholson Best Actor 2002 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Jack Nicholson Best Actor 2003 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Alexander Payne Best Screenplay 2002 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Alexander Payne Best Screenplay 2002 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Alexander Payne Best Director 2002 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Alexander Payne Best Adapted Screenplay 2002 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Alexander Payne Best Writer 2002 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Alexander Payne Best Screenplay 2003 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Kathy Bates Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up) 2002 Winner
National Board of Review Kathy Bates Best Supporting Actress 2002 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Kathy Bates Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up) 2002 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Kathy Bates Best Supporting Actress [Runner-up] 2002 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Kathy Bates Best Supporting Actress 2002 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Kathy Bates Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2002 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Kathy Bates Best Supporting Actress 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kathy Bates Best Supporting Actress 2002 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Kathy Bates Best Supporting Actress 2003 Nominee

Cast

Jack Nicholson
as Warren Schmidt
Hope Davis
as Jeannie
Dermot Mulroney
as Randall Hertzel
Kathy Bates
as Roberta Hertzel
Len Cariou
as Ray
Howard Hesseman
as Larry
June Squibb
as Helen Schmidt
Cheryl Hamada
as Saundra

Crew

Alexander Payne
Director
Michael Besman
Producer
Harry Gittes
Producer
Louis Begley
Book Author
Alexander Payne
Screenwriter
James Glennon
Cinematographer
Erik Satie
Featured Music
Rolfe Kent
Composer (Music Score)
Kevin Tent
Editor
Jane Ann Stewart
Production Designer
Bill Badalato
Executive Producer
Rachel Horovitz
Executive Producer
Frank Gaeta
Set Designer
Wendy Chuck
Costume Designer
George Parra
First Assistant Director
Sarah Katzman
Casting
Lisa Beach
Casting
John Jackson
Casting
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