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Good Night, and Good Luck

Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language.

PG In Theaters 10/7/2005 , 93min.
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Plot & Details

George Clooney pays homage to one of the icons of American broadcast journalism, Edward R. Murrow, in this fact-based drama, which was Clooney's second feature film as a director. In 1953, Edward R. Murrow (played by David Strathairn) was one of the best-known newsmen on television as host of both the talk show Person to Person and the pioneering investigate series See It Now. Joseph McCarthy, a U.S. senator from Wisconsin, was generating no small amount of controversy in the public and private sectors with his allegations that Communists had risen to positions of power and influence in America, and an Air Force pilot, Milo Radulovich, had been drummed out of the service due to McCarthy's charges that he was a Communist agent. However, Radulovich had been dismissed without a formal hearing of the charges, and he protested that he was innocent of any wrongdoing. Murrow decided to do a story on Radulovich's case questioning the legitimacy of his dismissal, which was seen by McCarthy and his supporters as an open challenge to his campaign. McCarthy responded by accusing Murrow of being a Communist, leading to a legendary installment of See It Now in which both Murrow and McCarthy presented their sides of the story, which was seen by many as the first step toward McCarthy's downfall. Meanwhile, Murrow had to deal with CBS head William Paley (Frank Langella), who was supportive of Murrow but extremely wary of his controversial positions, while Murrow was also trying to support fellow newsman Don Hollenbeck (Ray Wise), battling charges against his own political views, and working alongside Fred Friendly (George Clooney), the daring head of CBS News. Good Night, and Good Luck also stars Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson, and Robert John Burke; the film won Best Film honors after its world premiere at the 2005 Venice Film Festival.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay George Clooney Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Jan Pascale Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Grant Heslov Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Robert Elswit Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director George Clooney Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor David Strathairn Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Grant Heslov Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Stephen Mirrione Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor George Clooney Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor David Strathairn Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Grant Heslov Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay George Clooney Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director George Clooney Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Grant Heslov Nominated
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director George Clooney Nominated
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama David Strathairn Nominated
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay George Clooney Nominated
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated

American Cinema Editors Guild

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 American Cinema Editors Guild Best Edited Feature - Drama Stephen Mirrione Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 American Film Institute Best Picture Won

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Robert Elswit Nominated

Art Directors Guild

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Art Directors Guild Best Art Direction - Period or Fantasy Film Nominated

Boston Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Cinematography Robert Elswit Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Stephen Mirrione Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor George Clooney Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor David Strathairn Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay Grant Heslov Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Original Screenplay George Clooney Nominated
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director George Clooney Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Director George Clooney Nominated
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actor David Strathairn Nominated
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Screenplay George Clooney Nominated
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Grant Heslov Nominated
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Acting Nominated

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