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Plot, Details & Awards

Quiz Show

Rated PG-13 for some strong language.

PG-13 In Theaters 09/16/1994 , 130min.
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Plot & Details

It's 1958, and the producers of the quiz show 21 have a problem. Their current champ, Herbert Stempel (John Turturro), has a phenomenal memory and a broad range of knowledge. He's also a pudgy loudmouth with a grating personality, so Herbert is encouraged to "take a dive" and allow Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes), a handsome and charming college professor, to become the show's new champion. Audiences like Van Doren, and he's certainly not averse to the money he's winning, but the ethics of the situation begin to trouble him, especially when the show's producers begin to give him the questions in advance. Director Robert Redford and writer Paul Attanasio paint a telling portrait of how the network heads and advertising men who manipulated the quiz shows were also able to manipulate the responsibility for the scandal away from themselves. While on the surface a story about the scandal itself, Quiz Show is just as importantly about a turning point in the 1950s when TV and advertising began to change American character and culture.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Michael Nozik Nominated
1994 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Julian Krainin Nominated
1994 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Robert Redford Nominated
1994 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Paul Attanasio Nominated
1994 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Paul Scofield Nominated
1994 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Michael Jacobs Nominated
1994 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Robert Redford Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Robert Redford Nominated
1994 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Paul Attanasio Nominated
1994 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture John Turturro Nominated
1994 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 Directors Guild of America Best Director Robert Redford Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 National Society of Film Critics Best Screenplay (Runner-up) Paul Attanasio Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 New York Film Critics Circle Best Picture Won

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