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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Rated PG-13 for brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking.

PG-13 In Theaters 12/25/2008 , 167min.
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Plot & Details

David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's story, re-teams the director with Brad Pitt, who takes on the title role. What makes Button such a curious case is that when he is born in New Orleans just after World War I, he is already in his eighties, and proceeds to live his life aging in reverse. This sweeping film follows the character's unusual life into the 21st century as he experiences joy and sadness, loves lost and found, and the meaning of timelessness. Cate Blanchett co-stars along with Tilda Swinton, Elias Koteas, and Julia Ormond.
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Genre(s): Drama,Fantasy,Romance
  • Run Time: 167min.
  • Theatrical Release Date: 12/25/2008
  • DVD Release Date: 05/05/2009
  • Distributor(s): Paramount
  • Director(s): David Fincher
  • Starring: Brad Pitt , Cate Blanchett , Taraji P. Henson , Julia Ormond , Jason Flemyng
  • Themes: Metamorphosis,Miraculous Events,Age Disparity Romance
  • Tone: Atmospheric,Poignant,Reflective
  • Keywords: aging, fate, love
  • Country of Origin: USA (12-25-2008)
  • Language: English

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Steve Preeg Won
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Victor Zolfo Won
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Eric Roth Nominated
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Kathleen Kennedy Nominated
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Donald Graham Burt Won
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Brad Pitt Nominated
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Alexandre Desplat Nominated
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing David Parker Nominated
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Kirk Baxter Nominated
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Eric Barba Won
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director David Fincher Nominated
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Taraji P. Henson Nominated
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Robin Swicord Nominated
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing Michael Semanick Nominated
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda Nominated
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Jacqueline West Nominated
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Craig Barron Won
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Frank Marshall Nominated
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing Ren Klyce Nominated
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Burt Dalton Won
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Greg Cannom Won
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Ceán Chaffin Nominated
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing Mark Weingarten Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Visual Effects Edson Williams Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Eric Roth Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Visual Effects Nathan McGuinness Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Kirk Baxter Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Victor Zolfo Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Visual Effects Eric Barba Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Donald Graham Burt Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup and Hair Colleen Callaghan Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Music Alexandre Desplat Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Visual Effects Craig Barron Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Jacqueline West Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Brad Pitt Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup and Hair Jean A. Black Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director David Fincher Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Eric Roth Nominated
2008 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director David Fincher Nominated
2008 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Brad Pitt Nominated
2008 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
2008 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Alexandre Desplat Nominated

Alliance of Women Film Journalists

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Editing Angus Wall Won
2008 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Editing Kirk Baxter Won

American Cinema Editors Guild

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 American Cinema Editors Guild Best Edited Feature - Drama Angus Wall Nominated
2008 American Cinema Editors Guild Best Edited Feature - Drama Kirk Baxter Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 American Film Institute Best Picture Won

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematographer Claudio Miranda Nominated

Art Directors Guild

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Art Directors Guild Best Art Direction in a Period Film Donald Graham Burt Nominated
2008 Art Directors Guild Best Art Direction in a Period Film David C. Burt Nominated

Austin Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Austin Film Critics Best Picture Nominated
2008 Austin Film Critics Best Supporting Actress Taraji P. Henson Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Visual Effects Edson Williams Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Eric Roth Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Visual Effects Nathan McGuinness Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Editing Kirk Baxter Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Victor Zolfo Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Visual Effects Eric Barba Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Donald Graham Burt Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup and Hair Colleen Callaghan Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Music Alexandre Desplat Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Visual Effects Craig Barron Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Jacqueline West Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Brad Pitt Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup and Hair Jean A. Black Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Claudio Miranda Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director David Fincher Nominated

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