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Plot, Details & Awards

Cinderella Man

(2005)

Rated PG-13 for intense boxing violence and some language.

PG-13 In Theaters 06/3/2005 , 144min.
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Plot & Details

The true story of an athlete who achieved his greatest success against the most daunting odds of his life is brought to the screen in this historical drama. In the 1920s, James Braddock (Russell Crowe) from Bergen, NJ, was a promising contender in professional boxing; he had strength, spirit, and tenacity, but the combination of a serious hand injury and a 1929 defeat in a bout with light heavyweight champ Tommy Loughran sent his career into a serious tailspin. As Braddock's career in the ring dried up, the Great Depression put a stake through the heart of America's economy, and Braddock found himself working at the New York docks for pitiful wages as he tried to support his wife, Mae (Renée Zellweger), and three children. Desperate for money, Braddock turned to his former trainer and manager Joe Gould (Paul Giamatti), who was unexpectedly able to scare up a bout for him, battling John Griffin at Madison Square Garden. While conventional wisdom had it that Braddock was too old, out of shape, and out of practice to have any chance of winning, he defeated Griffin, and continued beating his opponents with a powerful left hook that had been intensified by years of punishing dock work. In a nation desperate for good news, Braddock's surprising comeback became a tonic to struggling workers and unemployed people, and all eyes were on Braddock when in 1935 he took on powerful heavyweight champion Max Baer (Craig Bierko) in what was both literally and figuratively the fight of his life.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup David Leroy Anderson Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Paul Giamatti Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Lance Anderson Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Akiva Goldsman Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Cliff Hollingsworth Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Russell Crowe Nominated
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Paul Giamatti Nominated

Boston Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actor Paul Giamatti Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Akiva Goldsman Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Cliff Hollingsworth Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Paul Giamatti Won
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Director Ron Howard Nominated
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actor Russell Crowe Nominated
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Paul Giamatti Nominated

Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association Top Ten Film Won

Iowa Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Iowa Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Paul Giamatti Nominated

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