Michael Clayton

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(out of 5)


George Clooney gives a masterful performance as a dirt-busting lawyer who is asked to reign in a top member of his firm’s legal council () who has been embarrassing the organization. While working on defending a multibillion dollar agricultural corporation from an ecological scandal, Wilkinson has been overwhelmed by his clinical depression and emotionally has switched sides in his sympathies. Clooney’s efforts to keep his friend under control complicate his own personal conflicts, including a mountainous pile of debts and an estranged relationship with his son, and lead him to discover information that could endanger his life. Marvelous pacing and exceptional writing make for a film that, while familiar in theme, is never less than thrilling.   co-stars, brilliantly, as the head of the corporation on trial, and  stars as Clooney’s big boss.


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USA, 2007

Directed by 

Screenplay by Tony Gilroy

Cinematography by 

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Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2007, Venice 2007


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Academy Award
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Tilda Swinton as “Karen Crowder”)

Nominations
Best Actor in a Leading Role (George Clooney as “Michael Clayton”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Tom Wilkinson as “Arthur Edens”)
Best Directing (Tony Gilroy)
Best Music (Original Score) (James Newton Howard)
Best Picture (Sydney Pollack, Jennifer Fox, Kerry Orent, producers)
Best Writing (Original Screenplay) (Tony Gilroy)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (George Clooney)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Tilda Swinton)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Tom Wilkinson)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Actor (George Clooney)
Top Ten Films

Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (George Clooney)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Tilda Swinton)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Tom Wilkinson)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Original Screenplay

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Tony Gilroy)

British Academy Award
Best Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton)

Nominations
Best Leading Actor (George Clooney)
Best Supporting Actor (Tom Wilkinson)
Best Screenplay – Original
Best Editing

Toronto Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Performance, Male (George Clooney)
Best Supporting Performance, Female (Tilda Swinton)
Best Screenplay
Best First Feature

Boston Film Critics Award Nomination
Best New Filmmaker

Chicago Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Picture
Best Actor (George Clooney)
Best Supporting Actor (Tom Wilkinson)
Best Supporting Actress (Tilda Swinton)
Best Director (Tony Gilroy)
Best Screenplay, Original
Most Promising Filmmaker


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