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Plot, Details & Awards

Being John Malkovich

Rated R for language and sexuality.

R In Theaters 11/5/1999 , 112min.
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Plot & Details

Would you pay money to journey into the mind of the star of Con Air, The Killing Fields, and In The Line of Fire? Puppeteer Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) is having money problems, so he takes a temporary job as a file clerk on the seventh-and-a-half floor of a large office building. One day, while rummaging behind a cabinet, he finds a small door that leads to the center of the mind of actor John Malkovich (played by, you guessed it, John Malkovich). Craig discovers that entering the portal allows him to become John Malkovich for a brief spell, and in time he and his beautiful but aloof co-worker Maxine (Catherine Keener) get the bright idea to charge admission for the privilege of spending 15 minutes inside the head of a well-known actor. Malkovich realizes that something strange is happening to him, but can do little to stop it, as strangers take over his mind for a quarter-hour at a time. Craig's wife, Lotte (Cameron Diaz), eventually takes a trip into Malkovich's psyche, and she soon finds herself in love with Maxine, with whom Malkovich has an affair; meanwhile, Maxine in time becomes infatuated with both Craig and Lotte, but only when they're inside Malkovich. Being John Malkovich marked the feature-length debut of director Spike Jonze, who previously made acclaimed music videos for Weezer, the Beastie Boys, and the Breeders, among others.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Catherine Keener Nominated
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Charlie Kaufman Nominated
1999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Spike Jonze Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Charlie Kaufman Won
1999 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Cameron Diaz Nominated
1999 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Eric Zumbrunnen Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Catherine Keener Nominated
1999 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Cameron Diaz Nominated
1999 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Charlie Kaufman Nominated
1999 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Charlie Kaufman Won
1999 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Cameron Diaz Nominated
1999 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Eric Zumbrunnen Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 Broadcast Film Critics Association Breakthrough Performer Spike Jonze Won

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Charlie Kaufman Won

Deauville Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 Deauville Film Festival American Independent Film Grand Prize Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 Directors Guild of America Best Director - Feature Film Spike Jonze Nominated

French Academy of Cinema

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1999 French Academy of Cinema Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

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