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Plot, Details & Awards

American Splendor

Rated R for language.

R In Theaters 08/15/2003 , 100min.
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Plot & Details

The documentary directing team of Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman makes their narrative feature debut with the biographical comedy drama American Splendor. Harvey Pekar (Paul Giamatti) is a comic book writer inspired by the work of his friend Robert Crumb (James Urbaniak). Pekar writes his comics about the sad monotony of everyday life, based on his own life in Cleveland, OH, working as a file clerk at a veteran's hospital and spending his time reading books and listening to jazz. He meets up with Joyce Brabner (Hope Davis) and they enjoy a depressive relationship together. The filmmakers employ a combination of live-action film, video, and animation, including narration and commentary from the real-life Harvey Pekar. The screenplay was based on Pekar's comic book series American Splendor, which he has been writing since 1976 on Dark Horse Comics, and the 1994 book-length comic Our Cancer Year, written by Pekar and Brabner. American Splendor won the Grand Jury Prize in the Dramatic Competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Shari Springer Berman Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Robert Pulcini Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Hope Davis Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 American Film Institute Best Picture Won

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Filmmaker Shari Springer Berman Won
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Shari Springer Berman Nominated
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Filmmaker Robert Pulcini Won
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Robert Pulcini Nominated
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actor Paul Giamatti Nominated
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actress Hope Davis Nominated

Deauville Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Deauville Film Festival Special Jury Prize Won

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actor Paul Giamatti Nominated
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Shari Springer Berman Nominated
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actor Judah Friedlander Nominated
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Shari Springer Berman Nominated
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Robert Pulcini Nominated
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Robert Pulcini Nominated
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best Picture Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Picture Won
2003 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Robert Pulcini Won
2003 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Shari Springer Berman Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 National Board of Review Best Breakthrough Actor Paul Giamatti Won
2003 National Board of Review Special Recognition for Excellence in Filmmaking Won

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