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In the Loop

Not Rated In Theaters 07/24/2009 , 102min.
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Plot & Details

The run-up to war makes for curious rivalries and uneasy alliances in this political satire from director and co-screenwriter Armando Iannucci. Simon Foster (Tom Hollander) is a minor minister of international development with the British government who, in the midst of a radio interview, casually tells a reporter "war is unforeseeable." However, the prime minister is being pressured to commit British troops to support American forces in the Middle East, and communications director Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi) goes into a tirade when the press turns Foster's passing comment into a major news story. Foster becomes an unwitting media figure, and he and his personal communications director, Judy (Gina McKee), are joined by political damage control expert Toby (Chris Addison) as they're sent to Washington, D.C., to meet with American political and military leaders. Despite Judy's and Toby's help, Foster displays a stubborn inability to say what he's supposed to, and he finds himself caught in the middle between pro-war factions -- including diplomat Karen Clarke (Mimi Kennedy) and State Department official Linton Barwick (David Rasche) -- and those who oppose the conflict, including Pentagon attaché General Miller (James Gandolfini) and activist Liza (Anna Chlumsky). As if matters weren't already complicated enough, Liza used to date Toby when they were college students, and Gen. Miller was once involved with Clarke, adding bitter romantic history to an already rocky playing field. In the Loop received its North American premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Armando Iannucci Nominated
2009 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Tony Roche Nominated
2009 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Simon Blackwell Nominated
2009 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Jesse Armstrong Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Nominated
2009 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Armando Iannucci Nominated
2009 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Tony Roche Nominated
2009 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Simon Blackwell Nominated
2009 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Jesse Armstrong Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Nominated
2009 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Armando Iannucci Nominated
2009 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Tony Roche Nominated
2009 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Simon Blackwell Nominated
2009 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Jesse Armstrong Nominated

CineVegas International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 CineVegas International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Los Angeles Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 Los Angeles Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 National Board of Review Best Independent Film Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 New York Film Critics Circle Best Screenplay Won

San Francisco Independent Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 San Francisco Independent Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Sundance Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2009 Sundance Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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