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Plot, Details & Awards

The History Boys

Rated R for language and sexual content.

R In Theaters 11/21/2006 , 109min.
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Plot & Details

An unruly collection of clever but crass Thatcher-era English high-school students seek to earn the scores needed to enroll in Oxford and Cambridge in director Nicholas Hytner and screenwriter Alan Bennett's screen adaptation of Bennett's Tony-winning play. The History Boys focuses on a group of eight students, all of them deemed by their overeager headmaster (Clive Merrison) to be the best and the brightest. Though they've been coddled by their humanities-loving instructor, Hector (Richard Griffiths), and their acerbic history teacher, Mrs. Lintott (Frances de la Tour), the boys are deemed in need of additional tutoring; thus, the brash, young Irwin (Stephen Campbell Moore) is recruited to challenge them further. The subtle power games the boys used to their advantage with their previous tutors are of no use with Irwin, whose wit borders on the callous. Meanwhile, Irwin's presence -- and a hush-hush scandal -- forces all of the faculty members to reassess their position at the school. Hytner shot The History Boys shortly after the play's Broadway run, to capitalize on the enthusiasm and energy exhibited in the live shows.

Awards

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Frances de la Tour Nominated
2006 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Richard Griffiths Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Frances de la Tour Nominated
2006 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Richard Griffiths Nominated

British Independent Film Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 British Independent Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer (Onscreen) Dominic Cooper Nominated
2006 British Independent Film Awards Best Screenplay Alan Bennett Nominated
2006 British Independent Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer (Onscreen) Samuel Barnett Nominated
2006 British Independent Film Awards Best Actress Frances de la Tour Nominated

London Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 London Film Critics Association Best Actor Richard Griffiths Nominated
2006 London Film Critics Association Best Supporting British Actor Dominic Cooper Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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