Good Will Hunting (1997)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Matt Damon, Ben Affleck)Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Matt Damon)
Academy Award for Best Director (Gus Van Sant)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Pietro Scalia)
Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score (Danny Elfman)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Lawrence Bender)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Minnie Driver)Award details: (details at IMDb)
Good Will Hunting is an 1997 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård. Written by Affleck and Damon, and with Damon in the title role, the film follows 20-year-old South Boston laborer Will Hunting, an unrecognized genius who, as part of a deferred prosecution agreement after assaulting a police officer, becomes a patient of a therapist and studies advanced mathematics with a renowned professor. Through his therapy sessions, Will re-evaluates his relationships with his best friend, his girlfriend and himself, facing the significant task of thinking about his future. Good Will Hunting received universal critical acclaim and was a financial success. It grossed over US$225 million during its theatrical run with only a modest $10 million budget. It was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including the Academy Award for Best Picture, and won two: Best Supporting Actor for Williams and Best Original Screenplay for Affleck and Damon. In 2014 it was ranked at number 53 in The Hollywood Reporter's 100 Favorite Films list.