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Romantic comedies often get the stigma of being lightweights during awards season, but there are plenty of rom-coms that have cleaned up, particularly at the Academy Awards. Here is a rundown of films from the 2000s that were nominated for Academy Awards. Winners are underlined.
Up – The romance of Carl and Ellie was a small fraction of the film’s running time, but in those few minutes, their courtship, marriage, and lifetime together broke audience’s hearts.
Best Animated Feature
Best Original Score
Juno – This story of teenage pregnancy starts with two friends, one losing his virginity, and ends with true love and The Moldy Peaches’ “Anyone Else But You.”
Best Director – Jason Reitman
Best Actress – Ellen Page
Best Original Screenplay – Diablo Cody
Sideways – During a last bachelor’s party trip through California wine country, two unlikely friends find love, enjoy fine wine, and find love (or something like it).
Best Director – Alexander Payne
Best Supporting Actor – Thomas Haden Church
Best Supporting Actress – Virginia Madsen
Best Adapted Screenplay – Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austin’s classic story of love and misunderstanding is brought gorgeously to life by director Joe Wright.
Best Actress – Keira Knightley
Best Art Direction – Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer
Best Costume Design – Jacqueline Durran
Best Musical Score – Dario Marianelli
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – This strange romance explores the power of memories, both good and bad, and what happens when we choose to forget past loves.
Best Actress – Kate Winslet
Best Original Screenplay – Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, and Pierre Bismuth
My Big Fat Greek Wedding – Nia Vardalos’ semi-autobiographical tale of cross-culture romance is sweet and funny with a spread of delicious-looking Greek cuisine.
Best Original Screenplay – Nia Vardalos
Moulin Rouge! – Baz Luhrmann’s story of a writer falling in love with Paris’ most famous courtesan is a mix of old-fashioned romance and modern-day music.
Best Actress – Nicole Kidman
Best Sound – Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Roger Savage, and Guntis Sics
Best Art Direction – Catherine Martin and Brigitte Broch
Best Cinematography – Donald M. McAlpine
Best Makeup – Maurizio Silvi and Aldo Signoretti
Best Costume Design – Catherine Martin and Angus Strathie
Best Film Editing – Jill Bilcock
Shrek – In Shrek, an ogre falls in love with a princess, and everyone learns a lesson about inner beauty and things with layers, like onions and parfait.
Best Adapted Screenplay – Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Joe Stillman, and Roger S.H. Schulman
Best Animated Feature
Amelie – In this quirky romance, Amelie pieces together the identity of a mysterious man who has caught her eye, and then sends him on a scavenger hunt to discover her.
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Sound – Vincent Arnardi, Guillaume Leriche, and Jean Umansky
Best Art Direction – Aline Bonetto and Marie-Laure Valla
Best Cinematography – Bruno Delbonnel
Bridget Jones’s Diary – This modern-day re-imagining of Pride and Prejudice puts Renee Zellweger on a path to self-discovery and right in the middle of a very sexy love triangle with Colin Firth and Hugh Grant.
Best Actress – Renee Zellweger
Chocolat – This fable about tradition and acceptance of outsiders features some of the most delicious chocolate treats ever captured on film.
Best Actress – Juliette Binoche
Best Supporting Actress – Judi Dench
Best Adapted Screenplay – Robert Nelson Jacobs
Best Original Score – Rachel Portman