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Plot, Details & Awards

Shine

(1996)

Rated PG-13 for nudity/sensuality and intense thematic elements.

PG-13 In Theaters 11/22/1996 , 105min.
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Plot & Details

The true story of a gifted Australian piano prodigy, this biographical drama was nominated for seven Oscars, with actor Geoffrey Rush winning for Best Actor. Rush stars as David Helfgott, a pianist with a history of mental problems. As a fragile boy genius at math, chess, and piano, David is driven hard by his overbearing father (Armin Mueller-Stahl), a tyrant who forbids him to accept a scholarship offered by the great violinist Isaac Stern. Although he studies briefly in London under tutor Cecil Parks (John Gielgud), David has a nervous breakdown after performing Rachmaninoff's daunting "Piano Concerto No. 3" (known as the "Rach 3"). Years later, the adult David keeps up a steady patter of nervous stammering at all times and has been reduced to playing in a bar. Through a friend, he meets astrologer Gillian (Lynn Redgrave), and falls in love with her. With Gillian's help, David embarks down the road to regained fame and mastery of the "Rach 3." The international popularity of Shine caused a sensation leading to a musical tour for Helfgott, whose performances were less adroit than many audiences expected, sparking criticism that writer-director Scott Hicks had exaggerated his subject's talent for dramatic purposes.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Scott Hicks Nominated
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Dramatic Score David Hirschfelder Nominated
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Scott Hicks Nominated
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Jan Sardi Nominated
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Armin Mueller-Stahl Nominated
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Geoffrey Rush Won
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Jane Scott Nominated
1996 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Pip Karmel Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1996 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Geoffrey Rush Won

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1996 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actor Geoffrey Rush Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1996 Directors Guild of America Best Director Scott Hicks Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1996 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor Geoffrey Rush Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1996 National Board of Review Best Picture Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1996 New York Film Critics Circle Best Actor Geoffrey Rush Won

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