Being John Malkovich
First screened in November 1999 / Most recently screened in January 2018
Director: Spike Jonze. Cast: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, John Malkovich, Catherine Keener, Orson Bean, Mary Kay Place, Charlie Sheen, Octavia Spencer, Ned Bellamy, Byrne Piven, Judith Wetzell, Kevin Carroll. Screenplay: Charlie Kaufman.

Twitter Capsule: Ingenious meditation on celebrity, identity, and patriarchy. Aesthetics and performances as clever as ideas.

VOR:   A total paragon of "VOR." This level of creativity in script, concept, and direction was on nobody's radar in 1999. Honestly the same's still true.

Photo © 1999 USA Films/Gramercy Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. A–

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Director: Spike Jonze
Best Supporting Actress: Catherine Keener
Best Original Screenplay: Charlie Kaufman

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Best Supporting Actress: Cameron Diaz
Best Supporting Actress: Catherine Keener
Best Screenplay: Charlie Kaufman

Other Awards:
Venice Film Festival: FIPRESCI Prize; Future Film Festival Digital Award (Special Mention)
Producers Guild of America: Vision Award
Independent Spirit Awards: Best First Feature; Best First Screenplay
New York Film Critics Circle: Best First Film; Best Supporting Actress (Keener); Best Supporting Actor (Malkovich)
Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Screenplay
National Society of Film Critics: Best Picture (tie); Best Screenplay
Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Screenplay
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Original Screenplay

Permalink Home 1999 ABC Blog E-Mail