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Plot, Details & Awards

The Duchess

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, brief nudity and thematic material.

PG-13 In Theaters 09/19/2008 , 109min.
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Plot & Details

Director Saul Dibb takes the helm for this period drama adapted from Amanda Foreman's best-selling novel Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, documenting the romantic entanglements of Georgiana Cavendish (Keira Knightley), a beautiful and clever woman who becomes a celebrity of British high society when she marries the Duke of Devonshire (Ralph Fiennes) and becomes consort to one of the most powerful men in England. Beloved for her trend-setting fashion designs as well as her political activism, Georgiana's fire and wit make her a beloved figure everywhere but her own home, where her cold and distant husband's control over her is stifling, soon sending her into the arms of a another man -- an act that soon forces her to learn about the brutal difference in the rights afforded to 18th century men and women.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Rebecca Alleway Nominated
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Michael Carlin Nominated
2008 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Michael O'Connor Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup and Hair Jan Archibald Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Michael O'Connor Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup and Hair Daniel Phillips Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Ralph Fiennes Nominated

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup and Hair Jan Archibald Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Michael O'Connor Nominated
2008 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Makeup and Hair Daniel Phillips Nominated

Costume Guild Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Costume Guild Awards Best Art Direction in a Period Film Michael O'Connor Nominated

London Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 London Film Critics Association Best British Actor Ralph Fiennes Nominated
2008 London Film Critics Association Best Supporting British Actress Hayley Atwell Nominated

Phoenix Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Phoenix Film Critics Association Best Costume Design Michael O'Connor Won

Toronto International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Toronto International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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