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Philip Seymour Hoffman as the musical mentor of a teenage journalist
Philip Seymour Hoffman as the musical mentor of a teenage journalist

Thumbnail for Almost Famous (2000) Almost Famous (2000)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 80
Notable as: Comedy-drama, Award-Winning WorkGenre: Musical, Comedy-drama, Road movie, Musical Drama, Musical comedy, Comedy, Music, DramaMain subject: virginityRuntime: 122 - 162 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: Santa Monica, San DiegoDirector: Cameron CroweScreenwriter: Cameron CroweMusic: Nancy WilsonCinematography: John TollStars: Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Patrick Fugit, Zooey Deschanel, Michael Angarano, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Noah Taylor Producer: DreamWorks, Ian BryceStudio: Vinyl FilmsAwards won: Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Cameron Crowe)Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Joe Hutshing)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Frances McDormand)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Kate Hudson)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

Almost Famous is a 2000 comedy-drama film written and directed by Cameron Crowe and telling the fictional story of a teenage journalist writing for Rolling Stone magazine while covering the fictitious rock band Stillwater, and his efforts to get his first cover story published. The film is semi-autobiographical, as Crowe himself was a teenage writer for Rolling Stone. The film is based on Crowe's experiences touring with rock bands Poco, The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. In a Rolling Stone article, he talks about how he lost his virginity, fell in love, and met his heroes, experiences that are shared by William, the main character in the film. Despite being a box office bomb, the film received positive reviews. It received four Oscar nominations, one of which led to an award to Crowe for his screenplay. It was also awarded the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. Roger Ebert hailed it the best film of the year. It also won two Golden Globes, for Best Picture and Kate Hudson won Best Supporting Actress.


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