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Plot, Details & Awards

Atonement

(2007)

Rated R for disturbing war images, language and some sexuality.

R In Theaters 12/7/2007 , 123min.
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Plot & Details

A mischievous girl accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit, only to find that her words have irrevocably and permanently changed the lives of all involved in a film that re-teams the filmmakers behind Pride & Prejudice to adapt the best-selling 2002 novel by author Ian McEwan. The year is 1935, and as the summer heat takes hold, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis watches her older sister, Cecilia (Keira Knightley), get undressed and go frolicking in the garden fountain on her family's country estate. The housekeeper's son, Robbie (James McAvoy), a childhood friend and recent Cambridge graduate, also witnesses the innocent act. When Robbie and Cecilia subsequently cross a particularly sensitive boundary and the scheming Briony accuses Robbie of an unspeakable transgression for which the boy is wholly innocent, the repercussions of her unfounded claim threaten to affect all three for decades to come.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Christopher Hampton Nominated
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Dario Marianelli Won
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Jacqueline Durran Nominated
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Eric Fellner Nominated
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Paul Webster Nominated
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Saoirse Ronan Nominated
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Seamus Mcgarvey Nominated
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Tim Bevan Nominated
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Sarah Greenwood Nominated
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Katie Spencer Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Jacqueline Durran Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Paul Webster Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Katie Spencer Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Christopher Hampton Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Saoirse Ronan Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Paul Webster Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor James McAvoy Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Danny Hambrook Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Christopher Hampton Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Catherine Hodgson Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup and Hair Ivana Primorac Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Paul Hamblin Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Eric Fellner Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Sarah Greenwood Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Joe Wright Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Seamus Mcgarvey Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Music Dario Marianelli Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Tim Bevan Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Eric Fellner Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Joe Wright Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Tim Bevan Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Keira Knightley Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Paul Tothill Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Keira Knightley Nominated
2007 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Dario Marianelli Won
2007 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Saoirse Ronan Nominated
2007 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama James McAvoy Nominated
2007 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Christopher Hampton Nominated
2007 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Joe Wright Nominated
2007 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Won

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Seamus Mcgarvey Nominated

Art Directors Guild

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Art Directors Guild Best Art Direction in a Period Film Sarah Greenwood Nominated

Austin Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Austin Film Critics Best Picture Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Jacqueline Durran Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Paul Webster Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Katie Spencer Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Christopher Hampton Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Saoirse Ronan Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Paul Webster Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor James McAvoy Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Danny Hambrook Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Christopher Hampton Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Catherine Hodgson Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup and Hair Ivana Primorac Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Sound Paul Hamblin Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Eric Fellner Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Sarah Greenwood Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Joe Wright Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Seamus Mcgarvey Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Music Dario Marianelli Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Tim Bevan Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Eric Fellner Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Joe Wright Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Tim Bevan Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Keira Knightley Nominated
2007 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Paul Tothill Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Director Joe Wright Nominated
2007 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Young Actress Saoirse Ronan Nominated
2007 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated
2007 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Composer Dario Marianelli Nominated
2007 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Vanessa Redgrave Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Adapted Screenplay Christopher Hampton Nominated
2007 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Original Score Dario Marianelli Nominated
2007 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Seamus Mcgarvey Nominated

Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated

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