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Plot, Details & Awards

Sideways

Rated R for language, some strong sexual content and nudity.

R In Theaters 10/22/2004 , 126min.
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Plot & Details

Directed by Alexander Payne, Sideways follows Miles (Paul Giamatti), who is distressed about his lack of success as a novelist, and Jack (Thomas Haden Church), an equally unsuccessful actor with a rapidly approaching wedding. In a last-ditch effort to sow their wild oats, Jack and Miles take off on a final road trip to California's wine country the week prior to Jack's wedding. Both men have goals for the vacation -- Miles wants to turn Jack on to the art of wine tasting, while Jack is concerned with exploiting his last days as a bachelor -- but when the two men come across two fascinating women (Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh), the duo is forced to examine their morality, and if maturity isn't such a depressing prospect -- at least, for one of them.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Alexander Payne Won
2004 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Alexander Payne Nominated
2004 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Thomas Haden Church Nominated
2004 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Virginia Madsen Nominated
2004 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Michael London Nominated
2004 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Jim Taylor Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Alexander Payne Won
2004 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Jim Taylor Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Thomas Haden Church Nominated
2004 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Jim Taylor Won
2004 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Won
2004 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Paul Giamatti Nominated
2004 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Rolfe Kent Nominated
2004 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Virginia Madsen Nominated
2004 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Alexander Payne Won
2004 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Alexander Payne Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 American Film Institute Best Picture Won

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Berlin International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

Boston Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Screenplay Alexander Payne Won
2004 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Screenplay Jim Taylor Won
2004 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Supporting Actor Thomas Haden Church Won
2004 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Actor - Runner-up Paul Giamatti Won
2004 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Picture Won
2004 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Director [Runner-up] Alexander Payne Won
2004 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Ensemble Acting Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Alexander Payne Won
2004 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Jim Taylor Won

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Acting Won
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Alexander Payne Won
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actor Paul Giamatti Nominated
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Virginia Madsen Won
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Score Rolfe Kent Nominated
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Jim Taylor Nominated
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Director Alexander Payne Nominated
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Thomas Haden Church Won
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Won

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Thomas Haden Church Won
2004 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Picture Won
2004 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Actor Paul Giamatti Won
2004 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Alexander Payne Won
2004 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Jim Taylor Won
2004 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Virginia Madsen Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Directors Guild of America Best Director Alexander Payne Nominated

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