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Plot, Details & Awards

Ghost World

Rated R for strong language and some sexual content.

R In Theaters 07/20/2001 , 111min.
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Plot & Details

Filmmaker Terry Zwigoff, who enjoyed breakthrough success with his 1994 documentary Crumb, shifts gears as he examines the lives of two young women on the verge of leaving their adolescence behind in his first dramatic feature. Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) are two close friends who've just graduated from high school, and are trying to decide what to do with their lives. Enid is a dark-haired arch cynic who is tired of living at home with her ineffectual dad (Bob Balaban) and his annoyingly perky girlfriend Maxine (Teri Garr), while Rebecca is prettier and a bit cheerier, but no more certain about her future. While the two girls have vague plans of getting an apartment together, they seem content to while away their summer hanging out and indulging in their shared infatuation with Josh (Brad Renfro), a friend from school who works at a convenience store and doesn't seem to be especially attracted to either of them. Enid discovers that in order to get her diploma, she'll have to take an additional class over the summer, where she winds up studying art with Roberta (Illeana Douglas), who is determined to encourage Enid's creative impulses, whether Enid likes it or not. More significantly, Enid meets Seymour (Steve Buscemi), a geeky record collector more than twice her age, and while they would seem to have little in common (and Rebecca thinks he's a creep), Enid discovers a kindred spirit in fellow misfit Seymour, who shares her disgust with the world around them, and a relationship begins to develop between the two. Ghost World is based on the award-winning graphic novel by comic artist Daniel Clowes, who also wrote the film's screenplay.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Daniel Clowes Nominated
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Terry Zwigoff Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Thora Birch Nominated
2001 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Steve Buscemi Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 American Film Institute Best Supporting Actor Steve Buscemi Nominated
2001 American Film Institute Best Screenplay Daniel Clowes Nominated
2001 American Film Institute Best Screenplay Terry Zwigoff Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Steve Buscemi Won

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Screenplay Terry Zwigoff Won
2001 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Terry Zwigoff Nominated
2001 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actor Steve Buscemi Won
2001 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Screenplay Daniel Clowes Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Terry Zwigoff Won
2001 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Daniel Clowes Won

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 National Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actor Steve Buscemi Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 New York Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Steve Buscemi Won

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