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Plot, Details & Awards

Wonder Boys

Rated R for language and drug content.

R In Theaters 11/8/2000 , 112min.
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Plot & Details

In this comedy, a middle-aged man juggles his problems with women, literature, and a career, while a younger man chases the artifact of his dreams. Pittsburgh college professor Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas) is currently single following his divorce from his third wife; after publishing an acclaimed first novel, Grady has been working on a follow-up, but he's been sidelined by a severe case of writer's block. Grady has more than his writing career to think about; his affair with one of the (married) chancellors at the University of Pittsburgh (Frances McDormand), has resulted in her pregnancy, while Hannah (Katie Holmes), a student boarding at Grady's house, has developed a crush on him. While Grady is obsessed with his book, one of his students (Tobey Maguire) has an obsession of his own: finding a jacket once owned by Marilyn Monroe. Based on the novel by Michael Chabon, The Wonder Boys also features Robert Downey Jr., Rip Torn, and Richard Thomas.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Bob Dylan Won
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Dede Allen Nominated
2000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Steve Kloves Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Michael Douglas Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Steve Kloves Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Steve Kloves Nominated
2000 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Michael Douglas Nominated
2000 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
2000 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song Bob Dylan Won

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 American Film Institute AFI's Top 10 Films of the Year Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Michael Douglas Nominated
2000 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Steve Kloves Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Adapted Screenplay Steve Kloves Won
2000 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Frances McDormand Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Frances McDormand Won
2000 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actor Michael Douglas Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

Toronto Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2000 Toronto Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Tobey Maguire Won

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