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Plot, Details & Awards

Annie Hall

PG In Theaters 04/20/1977 , 93min.
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Plot & Details

Woody Allen's romantic comedy of the Me Decade follows the up and down relationship of two mismatched New York neurotics. Jewish comedy writer Alvy Singer (Allen) ponders the modern quest for love and his past romance with tightly-wound WASP singer Annie Hall (Diane Keaton, née Diane Hall). The twice-divorced Alvy knows that it's not easy to find a mate when the options include pretentious New York intellectuals and lifestyle-obsessed Rolling Stone writers, but la-di-dah-ing Annie seems different. Along the rocky road of their coupling, Allen/Alvy weigh in on such topics as endless therapy, movies vs. TV, the absurdity of dating rituals, anti-Semitism, drugs, and, in one of the best set pieces, repressed Midwestern WASP insanity vs. crazy Brooklyn Jewish boisterousness. Annie wants to move to Los Angeles to find that fame that finally does in the relationship -- but not before Alvy gets in a few digs at vacuous, mantra-fixated California. Originally entitled Anhedonia (the inability to enjoy oneself), Annie Hall blended the slapstick and fantasy from such earlier Allen films as Sleeper (1973) and Bananas (1971) with the more autobiographical musings of his stand-up and written comedy, using an array of such movie techniques as talking heads, splitscreens, and subtitles. Within these gleeful formal experiments and sight gags, Allen and co-writer Marshall Brickman skewered 1970s solipsism, reversing the happy marriage of opposites found in classic screwball comedies. Hailed as Allen's most mature and personal film, Annie Hall beat out Star Wars for Best Picture and also won Oscars for Allen as director and writer and for Keaton as Best Actress; audiences enthusiastically responded to Allen's take on contemporary love and turned Keaton's rumpled menswear into a fashion trend.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Charles H. Joffe Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Woody Allen Nominated
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Marshall Brickman Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Woody Allen Won
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Woody Allen Nominated
1977 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Diane Keaton Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1977 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Screenplay Marshall Brickman Won
1977 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Woody Allen Won
1977 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Diane Keaton Won
1977 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Woody Allen Won
1977 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Screenplay Woody Allen Won
1977 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Ralph Rosenblum Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1977 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Woody Allen Nominated
1977 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Woody Allen Nominated
1977 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Diane Keaton Won
1977 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Woody Allen Nominated
1977 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Film Institute 100 Greatest American Movies Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1977 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Screenplay Marshall Brickman Won
1977 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Woody Allen Won
1977 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Diane Keaton Won
1977 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Woody Allen Won
1977 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Screenplay Woody Allen Won
1977 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Ralph Rosenblum Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1977 Directors Guild of America Best Director Woody Allen Won

Library of Congress

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 Library of Congress U.S. National Film Registry Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1977 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Woody Allen Won
1977 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Marshall Brickman Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1977 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Diane Keaton Won
1977 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated
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