Director: John Madden
Production: Bedford Falls Productions, Miramax Films, Universal Pictures; color, 35mm, Super 35; running time: 122 minutes. Filmed in London, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, and Buckinghamshire, England. Cost: $25 million.
Producer: Marc Norman, David Parfitt, Harvey Weinstein, Edward Zwick, Donna Gigliotti, Bob Weinstein (executive), Julie Goldstein (executive), Linda Bruce (associate); screenplay: Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard, with passages from the plays of William Shakespeare; cinematographer: Richard Greatrex; editor: David Gamble; music: Stephen Warbeck; casting: Michelle Guish; production design: Martin Childs; art direction: Steve Lawrence, Mark Raggett; set decoration: Jill Quertier; costume design: Humberto Cornejo, Sandy Powell; makeup: Veronica Brebner.
Cast: Joseph Fiennes (William Shakespeare); Gwyneth Paltrow (Viola De Lesseps); Geoffrey Rush (Philip Henslowe); Judi Dench (Queen Elizabeth); Simon Callow (Tilney, Master of the Revels); Colin Firth (Lord Wessex); Imelda Staunton (Nurse); Tom Wilkinson (Hugh Fennyman); Ben Affleck (Ned Alleyn); Martin Clunes (Richard Burbage); Jim Carter (Ralph Bashford); Rupert Everett (Christopher Marlowe [uncredited]); and others.
Awards: Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actress (Gwyneth Paltrow), Best Writing, Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench), Best Art Direction/Set Direction (Martin Childs and Jill Quertier), Best Costume Design (Sandy Powell), Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score (Stephen Warbeck); Golden Globe Awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay (Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman), Best Single Achievement (Stoppard and Norman, for screenplay), and Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy (Paltrow); British Academy Awards for Best Film and Best Editing; and others.
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