Gladiator

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(out of 5)


Ridley Scott’s best film in years is this astonishing epic of Roman proportions about a general () who is demoted to gladiator slave when the kindhearted emperor () dies and his selfish and callous son () takes over. The plot moves smoothly over its vast size without stopping for a second, climaxing in excellent fight scenes that combine state of the art sound effects with Scott’s unbeatable visual flair. Crowe gives a star-making performance as the lead, and  stands out in a pretty ineffective role as the princess who must watch her brother destroy everything her beloved father worked so hard to create. One of the most exciting films of the year.


United Kingdom/USA, 2000

Directed by Ridley Scott

Story by , Screenplay by David Franzoni,

Cinematography by 

Produced by , ,

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


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Academy Awards
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Russell Crowe as “Maximus Decimus Meridius”)
Best Costume Design (Janty Yates)
Best Picture (Douglas Wick, David Franzoni, Branko Lustig, producers)
Best Sound (Scott Millan, Bob Beemer, Ken Weston)
Best Visual Effects (John Nelson, Neil Corbould, Tim Burke, Rob Harvey)

Nominations
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Joaquin Phoenix as “Commodus”)
Best Art Direction (art direction: Arthur Max; set decoration: Crispian Sallis)
Best Cinematography (John Mathieson)
Best Directing (Ridley Scott)
Best Film Editing (Pietro Scalia)
Best Music (Original Score) (Hans Zimmer)
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) (Screenplay by David Franzoni, John Logan, William Nicholson; Story by David Franzoni)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (Lisa Gerrard, Hans Zimmer)

Nominations
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Russell Crowe)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Joaquin Phoenix)
Best Director (Ridley Scott)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Supporting Actor (Joaquin Phoenix)
Top Ten Films
Outstanding Production Design (Arthur Max)

Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Russell Crowe)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Joaquin Phoenix)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Ridley Scott)

British Academy Awards
Best Film
Best Cinematography
Best Editing
Best Production Design
Audience Award

Nominations
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Russell Crowe)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Joaquin Phoenix)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Oliver Reed)
Best Screenplay – Original
Best Costume Design
Best Sound
Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
Best Make Up/Hair
David Lean Award for Direction (Ridley Scott)
Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

European Film Award Nomination
Screen International Award

Chicago Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Cinematography
Best Original Score


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