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Shakespeare in Love Movie Basics

Year of Release: 1998
Running Time: 2 hrs. 02 min.
MPAA Rating: R
Director: John Madden
Screenwriter: Marc Norman and Tom Stopppard
Producers: Donna Gigliotti, David Parfitt and Harvey Weinstein
Studio: Miramax Pictures

Shakespeare in Love Synopsis

Will Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) owes a play to cash-strapped theater owner Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush). The only problem? He has writer's block. He meets his muse in young Viola de Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow) and is inspired to write Romeo and Juliet. That's the basic premise of this charming and clever romantic comedy set in 16th century England.

Shakespeare in Love Cast

Gwyneth Paltrow - Viola De Lesseps
Joseph Fiennes - William Shakespeare
Geoffrey Rush - Philip Henslowe
Judi Dench - Queen Elizabeth
Ben Affleck - Ned Alleyn
Colin Firth - Lord Wessex
Rupert Everett - Christopher Marlowe

Shakespeare in Love Awards and Nominations

1999 Academy Awards® Best Picture (Win)
Best Actress - Gwyneth Paltrow (Win)
Best Supporting Actress - Judi Dench (Win)
Best Adapted Screenplay (Win)
Best Art Direction (Win)
Best Costume Design (Win)
Best Score (Win)

Best Cinematography (Nom)

Best Director (Nom)

Best Supporting Actor - Geoffrey Rush (Nom)

Best Makeup (Nom)

Best Sound (Nom)

1999 Golden Globe Awards® Best Picture (Win)
Best Actress - Gwyneth Paltrow (Win)
Best Screenplay (Win)

Best Director (Nom)

Best Supporting Actress - Geoffrey Rush (Nom)

Best Supporting Actress - Judi Dench (Nom)

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Shakespeare in Love

Ned Alleyn ( Ben Affleck ):

"Romeo and Juliet. Just a suggestion."

Who gave Will the idea for the name Mercutio?