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Plot, Details & Awards

Chicago

(2002)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and dialogue, violence and thematic elements.

PG-13 In Theaters 12/27/2002 , 113min.
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Plot & Details

A starry-eyed would-be star discovers just how far the notion that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" can go in this screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Chicago, originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse. In the mid-'20s, Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger) is a small-time chorus dancer married to a well-meaning dunderhead named Amos (John C. Reilly). Roxie is having an affair on the side with Fred Casley (Dominic West), a smooth talker who insists he can make her a star. However, Fred strings Roxie along a bit too far for his own good, and when she realizes that his promises are empty, she becomes enraged and murders Fred in cold blood. Roxie soon finds herself behind bars alongside Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta-Jones), a sexy vaudeville star who used to perform with her sister until Velma discovered that her sister had been sleeping with her husband. Velma shot them both dead, and, after scheming prison matron "Mama" Morton hooks Velma up with hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), Velma becomes the new Queen of the scandal sheets. Roxie is just shrewd enough to realize that her poor fortune could also bring her fame, so she convinces Amos to also hire Flynn. Soon Flynn is splashing Roxie's story -- or, more accurately, a highly melodramatic revision of Roxie's story -- all over the gutter press, and Roxy and Velma are soon battling neck-to-neck over who can win greater fame through the headlines. A project that had been moving from studio to studio since the musical opened on Broadway in 1973, Chicago also features guest appearances by Lucy Liu and Christine Baranski.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Gordon Sim Won
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Fred Ebb Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Dion Beebe Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Rob Marshall Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Martin Richards Won
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song John Kander Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Dominick Tavella Won
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Michael Minkler Won
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Colleen Atwood Won
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Martin Walsh Won
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones Won
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Renée Zellweger Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound David Lee Won
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Queen Latifah Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor John C. Reilly Nominated
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction John Myhre Won
2002 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Bill Condon Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Queen Latifah Nominated
2002 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Won
2002 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Richard Gere Won
2002 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Catherine Zeta-Jones Nominated
2002 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Renée Zellweger Won
2002 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture John C. Reilly Nominated
2002 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Rob Marshall Nominated
2002 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Bill Condon Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 American Film Institute Top Ten Movie of the Year Won

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Acting Ensemble Nominated
2003 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones Won
2003 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Won
2003 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Acting Won
2002 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones Nominated
2002 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Directors Guild of America Best Director Rob Marshall Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 National Board of Review Best Directorial Debut Rob Marshall Won
2002 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

Writers Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2002 Writers Guild of America Best Adapted Screenplay Bill Condon Nominated

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