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A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and violent images.

PG-13 In Theaters 06/29/2001 , 145min.
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Plot & Details

Based on the 1969 short story Super-Toys Last All Summer Long, by Brian Aldiss, this science fiction fantasy bears similarities to Pinocchio (1940) and originated as a long-gestating project of director Stanley Kubrick that passed to his friend Steven Spielberg after Kubrick's death. Haley Joel Osment stars as David, a "mecha" or robot of the future, when the polar ice caps have melted and submerged many coastal cities, causing worldwide starvation and human dependence upon robotic assistance. The first mecha designed to experience love, David is the "son" of Henry (Sam Robards), an employee of the company that built the boy, and the grief-stricken Monica (Frances O'Connor). David is meant to replace the couple's hopelessly comatose son, but when their natural child recovers, David is abandoned and sets out to become "a real boy" worthy of his mother's affection. Along the way, David is mentored by a pleasure-providing mecha named Gigolo Joe (Jude Law) and a talking "super toy" bear named Teddy. His adventures take him to the Roman Circus-style "Flesh Fair," where mechas are destroyed for the amusement of humans; Rouge City, where Gigolo Joe narrowly avoids capture by police; and finally a submerged New York City, where David's creator, Professor Hobby (William Hurt) reveals the secrets of the boy's creation. Brendan Gleeson and narrator Ben Kingsley co-star in A.I., which was adapted from Kubrick's treatment by Spielberg, in his first crack at screenwriting since Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Score John Williams Nominated
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Dennis Muren Nominated
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Scott Farrar Nominated
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Stan Winston Nominated
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Michael Lantieri Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Special Visual Effects Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Steven Spielberg Nominated
2001 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score John Williams Nominated
2001 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Jude Law Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 American Film Institute Best Production Design Rick Carter Nominated
2001 American Film Institute Best Digital Effects Dennis Muren Nominated
2001 American Film Institute Best Cinematography Janusz Kaminski Nominated
2001 American Film Institute Best Supporting Actress Frances O'Connor Nominated
2001 American Film Institute Best Digital Effects Scott Farrar Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Special Visual Effects Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Composer John Williams Nominated
2001 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Young Actor/Actress Haley Joel Osment Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

Venice International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Venice International Film Festival Future Film Festival Digital Award Steven Spielberg Won

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