American Beauty Poster

Release Date: October 1st, 1999

DVD Release Date: October 24th, 2000

R|2 hr 2 min

Plot Summary
Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a gainfully employed suburban husband and father. Fed up with his boring, stagnant existence, he quits his job and decides to reinvent himself as a pot-smoking, responsibility-shirking teenager. What follows is at once cynical, hysterical, and, eventually, tragically uplifting.

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Peter Gallagher, Allison Janney, Scott Bakula

Director: Sam Mendes

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Dreamworks Pictures, Jinks/Cohen Company

Distributors: DreamWorks SKG

Keywords: Witty, Father, 1990s, Fall, Intense, Temptation, Family, Car, Death, Escape, Husband

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Awards

Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Make Up & Hair
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Cinematography
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
Winner Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Best Picture
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Winner Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Winner Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Winner Directing
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Winner Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Winner Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1999)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama