Tootsie

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(out of 5)


One of the funniest comedies you’ll ever see, this one also features one of ‘s best performances. He’s a riot as a struggling actor who has trouble getting hired because of how difficult he is to work with. Desperately in need of cash to finance the play his roommate () has written for him to star in, Hoffman dresses himself up as a woman and wins a role on a soap opera, eventually becoming a huge star on the airwaves. Trouble is, he finds himself falling in love with the female star of the show (, who is delightful), but to tell her would mean revealing his true identity. Hoffman looks astoundingly good in the lead role, and Sydney Pollack directs with exceptional finesse; he would never again make so efficient a film. Also features an appearance by a then slightly-known  as one of the soap’s co-stars.


USA, 1982

Directed by

Story by , , Screenplay by Larry Gelbart,

Cinematography by

Produced by Sydney Pollack,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

The Criterion Collection


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Academy Award
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jessica Lange as “Julie Nichols”)

Nominations
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Dustin Hoffman as “Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Teri Garr as “Sandy Lester”)
Best Cinematography (Owen Roizman)
Best Directing (Sydney Pollack)
Best Film Editing (Fredric Steinkamp, William Steinkamp)
Best Music (Original Song) (“It Might Be You”, music by Dave Grusin; lyric by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman)
Best Picture (Sydney Pollack, Dick Richards, producers)
Best Sound (Arthur Piantadosi, Les Fresholtz, Dick Alexander, Les Lazarowitz)
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly For The Screen) (Screenplay by Larry Gelbart, Murray Schisgal; Story by Don McGuire, Larry Gelbart)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Dustin Hoffman)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Jessica Lange)

Nominations
Best Director (Sydney Pollack)
Best Screenplay (Larry Gelbart)

New York Film Critics Awards
Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Lange)
Best Director (Sydney Pollack)
Best Screenplay (Murray Schisgal, Larry Gelbart)

Nominations
Best Film
Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman)
Best Supporting Actor (George Gaynes)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Screenplay (Larry Gelbart, Murray Schisgal)

National Society of Film Critics Awards
Best Film
Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman)
Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Lange)
Best Screenplay (Murray Schisgal, Larry Gelbart)

Nominations
Best Actress (Jessica Lange)
Best Supporting Actress (Teri Garr)
Best Director (Sydney Pollack)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Films

Writers Guild Award
Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Sydney Pollack)

British Academy Awards
Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman) (tie)
Best Make Up Artist

Nominations
Best Film
Best Actress (Jessica Lange)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Teri Garr)
Best Direction (Sydney Pollack)
Best Screenplay – Adapted
Best Costume Design
Best Original Song (“Tootsie”)

Cesar Award Nomination
Best Foreign Film

Boston Film Critics Awards
Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman)
Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Lange)


Tootsie

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