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Shakespeare in Love Details

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William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is on a cold streak. Not only is he writing for Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush), owner of "The Rose," a theatre whose doors are about to be closed by sadistic creditors, but he's got a nasty case of writer's block. Shakespeare hasn't written a hit in years. In fact, he hasn't written much of anything recently. Thus, the Bard finds himself in quite a bind when Henslowe, desperate to stave off another round of hot-coals-to-feet application, stakes The Rose's solvency on Shakespeare's new comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter." The problem is, "Romeo" is safely "locked away" in Shakespeare's head, which is to say that not a word of it is written. Meanwhile, the lovely Lady Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow) is an ardent theatre-goer -- scandalous for a woman of her breeding -- who especially admires Shakespeare's plays and, not incidentally, Bill himself. Alas, she's about to be sold as property into a loveless marriage by her mercenary father and shipped off to a Virginia tobacco plantation. But not before dressing up as a young man and winning the part of Romeo in the embryonic play. Shakespeare soon discovers the deception and goes along with it, using the blossoming love affair to ignite his muse. As William and Viola's romance grows in intensity and spirals towards its inevitable culmination, so, too, does the farcical comedy about Romeo and pirates transform into the timeless tragedy that is Romeo and Juliet. ~ Merle Bertrand, Rovi

  • Release date:December 11, 1998

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jill Quertier Best Art Direction 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lisa Westcott Best Makeup 1998 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Marc Norman Best Screenplay 1998 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Marc Norman Best Screenplay 1998 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Marc Norman Best Original Screenplay 1998 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Marc Norman Best Screenplay (Runner-up) 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marc Norman Best Original Screenplay 1998 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Marc Norman Best Screenplay 1998 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Marc Norman Best Screenplay 1998 Winner
Berlin International Film Festival Marc Norman Silver Bear for Outstanding Individual Performance 1999 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Glossop Best Sound 1998 Nominee
American Society of Cinematographers Richard Greatrex Best Cinematography 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Greatrex Best Cinematography 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robin O'Donoghue Best Sound 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stephen Warbeck Best Musical or Comedy Score 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Veronica Brebner Best Makeup 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edward Zwick Best Picture 1998 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Geoffrey Rush Best Supporting Actor 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Geoffrey Rush Best Supporting Actor 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harvey Weinstein Best Picture 1998 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Gwyneth Paltrow Best Actress 1998 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Gwyneth Paltrow Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gwyneth Paltrow Best Actress 1998 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Gwyneth Paltrow Best Actress - Runner-up 1998 Winner
Directors Guild of America John Madden Best Director 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Madden Best Director 1998 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Joseph Fiennes Breakthrough Performer 1998 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Joseph Fiennes Most Promising Actor 1998 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Joseph Fiennes Best Actor 1998 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tom Stoppard Best Screenplay 1998 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Tom Stoppard Best Original Screenplay 1998 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Tom Stoppard Best Screenplay (Runner-up) 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Stoppard Best Original Screenplay 1998 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Tom Stoppard Best Screenplay 1998 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Tom Stoppard Best Screenplay 1998 Winner
Berlin International Film Festival Tom Stoppard Silver Bear for Outstanding Individual Performance 1999 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Judi Dench Best Supporting Actress 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Judi Dench Best Supporting Actress 1998 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Judi Dench Best Supporting Actress 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sandy Powell Best Costume Design 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Martin Childs Best Art Direction 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Gamble Best Editing 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Parfitt Best Picture 1998 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dominic Lester Best Sound 1998 Nominee

Cast

Joseph Fiennes
as William Shakespeare
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Viola De Lesseps
Geoffrey Rush
as Philip Henslowe
Judi Dench
as Elizabeth I
Simon Callow
as Tilney, Master of the Revels
Colin Firth
as Lord Wessex
Imelda Staunton
as Nurse
Ben Affleck
as Ned Alleyn
Tom Wilkinson
as Hugh Fennyman
Jim Carter
as Ralph Bashford
Martin Clunes
as Richard Burbage
Rupert Everett
as Christopher Marlowe
Antony Sher

Crew

John Madden
Director
Edward Zwick
Producer
Donna Gigliotti
Producer
David Parfitt
Producer
Marc Norman
Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Producer
Tom Stoppard
Screenwriter
Marc Norman
Screenwriter
Richard Greatrex
Cinematographer
Stephen Warbeck
Composer (Music Score)
David Gamble
Editor
Martin Childs
Production Designer
Mark Raggett
Art Director
Linda Bruce
Associate Producer
Julie Goldstein
Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Jill Quertier
Set Designer
Sandy Powell
Costume Designer
Peter Glossop
Sound/Sound Designer
Deborah Saban
First Assistant Director
Michelle Guish
Casting
Lisa Westcott
Makeup
Lisa Westcott
Hair Styles
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