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Plot, Details & Awards

In America

Rated PG-13 for sexuality and brief language.

PG-13 In Theaters 11/26/2003 , 103min.
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Plot & Details

After chronicling various chapters of Irish history in such films as In the Name of the Father and The Field, writer/director Jim Sheridan turns his lens upon his own family's experiences immigrating to the United States in the aptly titled In America. The loosely autobiographical script centers on Johnny (Paddy Considine), a young actor sneaking his wife, Sarah (Samantha Morton), and daughters, Christy and Ariel (real-life sisters Sarah and Emma Bolger, respectively), over the Canadian border in the hopes of jump-starting his career in New York City. They soon find that America is not the land of boundless opportunity, however, as they move into a dank, dilapidated apartment building populated by drug dealers, transients, and thugs. Johnny doesn't snag auditions as easily as he may have hoped, and he and Sarah are forced to take meager jobs after spending their savings on food, rent, and utilities. Still in grief over the untimely death of their toddler son back in Ireland, the couple find their relationship further strained by the pressures of life in the city. Little by little, however, things begin to look up for the fiercely protective family unit, especially when they befriend an eccentric artist neighbor named Mateo (Djimon Hounsou). In America saw its world premiere at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival and played to enthusiastic crowds at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival before its theatrical release in the fall of that year.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Jim Sheridan Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Kirsten Sheridan Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Djimon Hounsou Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Samantha Morton Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Naomi Sheridan Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Naomi Sheridan Nominated
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Kirsten Sheridan Nominated
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Song Bono Nominated
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Jim Sheridan Nominated
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Song Gavin Friday Nominated
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Song Maurice Seezer Nominated

AFI Fest

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 AFI Fest Audience Award Won

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 American Film Institute Best Picture Won

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Emma Bolger Nominated
2003 Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Performer Sarah Bolger Nominated

Flanders International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Flanders International Film Festival Best Picture Won

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best Director Jim Sheridan Nominated
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actress Samantha Morton Nominated
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best Cinematography Declan Quinn Won
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actress Sarah Bolger Nominated
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actor Djimon Hounsou Won
2003 Independent Spirit Awards Best Picture Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 National Board of Review Best Original Screenplay Naomi Sheridan Won
2003 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated
2003 National Board of Review Best Original Screenplay Kirsten Sheridan Won
2003 National Board of Review Best Original Screenplay Jim Sheridan Won

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