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Plot, Details & Awards

Burn After Reading

Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence.

R In Theaters 09/12/2008 , 95min.
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Plot & Details

Joel and Ethan Coen's jet-black comedy Burn After Reading begins with CIA agent Osborne Cox (John Malkovich) losing his job. This prompts his long-suffering, unfaithful wife (Tilda Swinton) to consult a lawyer about divorcing him. Osborne decides to write a book about his exploits, but an early draft of his work ends up lost at a gym where it's found by the dim-witted Chad (Brad Pitt, and the plastic-surgery obsessed Linda (Frances McDormand). They decide to blackmail Osborne in order to help Linda pay for the numerous procedures she wants to undergo. Things grow even more complicated when Linda starts an affair with Harry (George Clooney), who also happens to be sleeping with Cox's wife.

Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Joel Coen Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Brad Pitt Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Tilda Swinton Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Ethan Coen Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Nominated
2008 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Frances McDormand Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Art Directors Guild

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Art Directors Guild Best Art Direction in a Contemporary Film Jess Gonchor Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Joel Coen Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Brad Pitt Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Tilda Swinton Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Ethan Coen Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Comedy Movie Nominated

Detroit Film Critics Society

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best Comedy Won

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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