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A Beautiful Mind

Rated PG-13 for intense thematic material, sexual content and a scene of violence.

PG-13 In Theaters 12/21/2001 , 134min.
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Plot & Details

The true story of prominent mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. is the subject of this biographical drama from director Ron Howard. Russell Crowe stars as the brilliant but arrogant and conceited professor Nash. The prof seems guaranteed a rosy future in the early '50s after he marries beautiful student Alicia (Jennifer Connelly) and makes a remarkable advancement in the foundations of "game theory," which carries him to the brink of international acclaim. Soon after, John is visited by Agent William Parcher (Ed Harris), from the CIA, who wants to recruit him for code-breaking activities. But evidence suggests that Nash's perceptions of reality are cloudy at best; he is struggling to maintain his tenuous hold on sanity, and Alicia suspects a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia. Battling decades of illness with the loyal Alicia by his side, Nash is ultimately able to gain some control over his mental state, and eventually goes on to triumphantly win the Nobel Prize. Based loosely on the book of the same name by Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind (2001) co-stars Paul Bettany, Adam Goldberg, Anthony Rapp, Christopher Plummer, and Judd Hirsch.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Daniel Hanley Nominated
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Russell Crowe Nominated
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Jennifer Connelly Won
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Nominated
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Ron Howard Won
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Ron Howard Won
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Colleen Callaghan Nominated
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Brian Grazer Won
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Score James Horner Nominated
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Akiva Goldsman Won
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Greg Cannom Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Ron Howard Nominated
2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Ron Howard Nominated
2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Russell Crowe Won
2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Jennifer Connelly Won
2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Brian Grazer Nominated
2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Akiva Goldsman Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Russell Crowe Won
2001 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Akiva Goldsman Won
2001 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Won
2001 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Ron Howard Nominated
2001 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Jennifer Connelly Won

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 American Film Institute Best Supporting Actress Jennifer Connelly Won
2001 American Film Institute Best Screenplay Akiva Goldsman Nominated
2001 American Film Institute Best Picture Brian Grazer Nominated
2001 American Film Institute Best Picture Ron Howard Nominated
2001 American Film Institute Best Actor Russell Crowe Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Ron Howard Nominated
2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Ron Howard Nominated
2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Russell Crowe Won
2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Jennifer Connelly Won
2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Brian Grazer Nominated
2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Akiva Goldsman Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Director Ron Howard Won
2001 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Won
2001 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Jennifer Connelly Won
2001 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actor Russell Crowe Won
2001 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Akiva Goldsman Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Directors Guild of America Best Director Ron Howard Won

Writers Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Writers Guild of America Best Adapted Screenplay Akiva Goldsman Nominated

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