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Plot, Details & Awards

Affliction

(1999)

Rated R for violence and language.

R In Theaters 02/19/1999 , 113min.
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Plot & Details

Nick Nolte and James Coburn deliver some of the finest work of their respective careers in this powerful but troubling adaptation of Russell Banks's novel. Wade Whitehouse (Nick Nolte) is the sheriff in a small New England town; it's a part-time job with few taxing responsibilities, and Wade fills his many free hours by swilling booze, smoking pot, and thinking back on his nightmarish childhood. Wade's father Glen (James Coburn) was by turns callous, distant, and abusive, and Wade has inherited his addiction to alcohol and inability to deal with others. Consequently, Wade's ex-wife (Mary Beth Hurt) despises him, his daughter is uncomfortable and frightened in his presence, and the only person who can reach him is his loving but long-suffering girlfriend Margie (Sissy Spacek). When a wealthy businessman is killed in a hunting accident, Wade suspects foul play and pursues the case with an obsession that puzzles all around him; meanwhile, Wade's mother dies and his brother Rolfe (Willem Dafoe), the only one in the family to escape Glen's abuse without crippling emotional scars, returns to pay his respects and is caught up once again in the damaged lives of his father and brother. James Coburn) won an Academy award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Affliction, while Nick Nolte was nominated for Best Actor (he lost to Roberto Benigni).

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor James Coburn Won
1998 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Nick Nolte Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actor James Coburn Nominated
1998 Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Paul Schrader Nominated
1998 Independent Spirit Awards Best Picture Nominated
1998 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Paul Schrader Nominated
1998 Independent Spirit Awards Best Cinematography Paul Sarossy Nominated
1998 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actor Nick Nolte Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor - Runner-up Nick Nolte Won

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 National Society of Film Critics Best Actor Nick Nolte Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 New York Film Critics Circle Best Actor Nick Nolte Won

Telluride Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1997 Telluride Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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