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12 Years a Slave (2013)

Paul Giamatti as "Theophilus Freeman"

In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Michael Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles continually to survive and maintain some of his dignity. Then in the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon's life forever.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Too Big to Fail (2011)

Paul Giamatti as "Ben Bernanke"

Financial leaders (William Hurt, Billy Crudup) spring into action when the U.S. economy falters in 2008.

Golden Globe (2012) Nominated Best Performance by An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2012) Won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Emmy (Primetime) (2011) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Barney's Version (2010)

Paul Giamatti as "Barney"

Toward the end of his life, Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti) looks back on his triumphs and tragedies, beginning with an ill-fated relationship with Clara (Rachelle Lefevre), whom he marries when she becomes pregnant. When that falls apart, he moves back home to Montreal and gets married twice more, finally finding contentment with Miriam (Rosamund Pike), his third wife. Through it all, Barney is sustained by his work in television, raising children and the advice of his father (Dustin Hoffman).

Golden Globe (2010) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

John Adams (2008)

Paul Giamatti as "John Adams"

Adapted from David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, this lavish seven-part miniseries chronicles the life of Founding Father John Adams, starting with the Boston Massacre of 1770 through his years as an ambassador in Europe, then his terms as vice president and president of the United States, up to his death on July 4, 1826.

Golden Globe (2009) Won Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009) Won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Emmy (Primetime) (2008) Won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Cinderella Man (2005)

Paul Giamatti as "Joe Gould"

During the Great Depression, ex-boxer James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe) works as a day laborer until his former manager Joe Gould (Paul Giamatti) offers him a one-time slot against a rising young contender. After he wins a shocking upset, Braddock goes back into the ring full time, against the wishes of his frightened wife, Mae (Renée Zellweger). Dubbed "The Cinderella Man" for his rags-to-riches story, Braddock sets his sights on the defending champion, the fearsome Max Baer (Craig Bierko).

Academy Award (2005) Nominated Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe (2005) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005) Won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Sideways (2004)

Paul Giamatti as "Miles Raymond"

Struggling writer and wine enthusiast Miles (Paul Giamatti) takes his engaged friend, Jack (Thomas Haden Church), on a trip to wine country for a last single-guy bonding experience. While Miles wants to relax and enjoy the wine, Jack is in search of a fling before his wedding. Soon Jack is sleeping with Stephanie (Sandra Oh), while her friend Maya (Virginia Madsen) connects with Miles. When Miles lets slip that Jack is getting married, both women are furious, sending the trip into disarray.

Golden Globe (2004) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004) Won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

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