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Syriana

Rated R for violence and language.

R In Theaters 11/23/2005 , 128min.
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Plot & Details

Oil drives greed in Oscar-winning Traffic screenwriter Stephen Gaghan's labyrinthine sophomore directorial effort that traces the corruption of the global oil industry from the backrooms of Washington, D.C., to the petroleum-rich fields of the Middle East. Based in part on the writings of former CIA case officer Robert Baer, Syriana combines multiple storylines to explore the complexities that befall a proposed merger between two U.S. oil giants. Reform-minded Gulf country prince Nasir (Alexander Siddig) is in favor of making his nation more self-sufficient rather than U.S.-reliant, and his money-minded Western connections couldn't be less pleased. Before settling into a cushy desk job for the remainder of his career, CIA agent Bob Barnes (George Clooney) is sent on one last assignment -- to assassinate Prince Nasir and reinstate U.S. ties in the oil-rich region. Though his loyalty dictates that Barnes carry out his current mission despite lingering doubts of a previous blunder, his mission goes horribly awry when his field contact goes turncoat and Barnes becomes a CIA scapegoat. Meanwhile, up-and-coming Washington attorney Bennett Holiday (Jeffrey Wright) attempts to walk a fine line in overseeing a tenuous merger between two oil giants that's plagued with shady business dealings. Hotshot energy analyst Bryan Woodman (Matt Damon) is in talks to form a lucrative partnership with Prince Nasir, though the death of his son during a party at the prince's estate makes him question his loyalty to business over family. Back in Washington, D.C., Bennet's boss Dean Whiting attempts to undermine Prince Nasir's attempts to make his country less reliant on the U.S. dollar by planting the seeds of dissonance between the progressive prince and his money-minded younger brother Prince Meshal (Akbar Kurtha).

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Stephen Gaghan Nominated
2005 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor George Clooney Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor George Clooney Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture George Clooney Won
2005 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Alexandre Desplat Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 American Film Institute Best Picture Won

Art Directors Guild

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Art Directors Guild Best Art Direction in a Contemporary Film Dan Weil Nominated

Boston Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Ensemble Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor George Clooney Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Acting Nominated
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor George Clooney Nominated

Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association Top Ten Film Won

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