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Plot, Details & Awards

In the Bedroom

(2001)

Rated R for some violence and language.

R In Theaters 11/23/2001 , 138min.
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Plot & Details

Character actor and noted photographer Todd Field made his directorial debut with this emotionally powerful drama, which earned enthusiastic reviews at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Frank Fowler (Nick Stahl) is a handsome and amiable young man who has recently graduated from high school and is spending the summer working as a lobster fisherman before heading off to college in the fall. Frank is also involved with Natalie (Marisa Tomei), an attractive woman ten years his senior who is separated from her husband Richard (William Mapother), though their divorce has not yet been finalized. Frank's parents, Matt (Tom Wilkinson) and Ruth (Sissy Spacek) wonder if it's wise for their son to be pursuing a romance that he won't be able to continue in a few months; Matt trusts Frank and leaves him to make his own decisions, while Ruth quietly but firmly registers her objections. One day, Richard snaps, and breaks into Natalie's home; when he discovers Frank is there, he viciously kills him. The wheels of justice turn in an unexpected direction, and Richard is released on bail, free to go his own way as he awaits his trial. Matt and Ruth are both deeply traumatized by the event; while Matt tries to deal with his hurt by retreating into his work and avoiding his feelings, Ruth instead becomes increasingly withdrawn, losing interest in her job as a music teacher and spending her nights chain smoking in front of the television. In the Bedroom was adapted from the short story Killings by Andre Dubus.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Todd Field Nominated
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Ross Katz Nominated
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Todd Field Nominated
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Tom Wilkinson Nominated
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Sissy Spacek Nominated
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Graham Leader Nominated
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Rob Festinger Nominated
2001 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Marisa Tomei Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Sissy Spacek Nominated
2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Tom Wilkinson Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Sissy Spacek Won
2001 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Marisa Tomei Nominated
2001 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 American Film Institute Best Picture Todd Field Nominated
2001 American Film Institute Best Actress Sissy Spacek Won
2001 American Film Institute Best Picture Ross Katz Nominated
2001 American Film Institute Best Picture Graham Leader Nominated
2001 American Film Institute Best Actor Tom Wilkinson Nominated
2001 American Film Institute Best Screenplay Rob Festinger Nominated
2001 American Film Institute Best Screenplay Todd Field Nominated
2001 American Film Institute Best Director Todd Field Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Sissy Spacek Nominated
2001 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Tom Wilkinson Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Marisa Tomei Nominated
2001 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated
2001 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actress Sissy Spacek Won

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Director Todd Field Won

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actress Sissy Spacek Won
2001 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Rob Festinger Nominated
2001 Independent Spirit Awards Best Screenplay Todd Field Nominated
2001 Independent Spirit Awards Best Actor Tom Wilkinson Won
2001 Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Todd Field Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor - Runner-up Tom Wilkinson Won
2001 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actress Sissy Spacek Won
2001 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Picture Won

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