Romantic Comedies That Got Serious Critical Acclaim – The 2000’s

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Romantic Comedies That Got Serious Critical Acclaim – The 2000’s

Romantic Comedies That Got Serious Critical Acclaim – The 2000’s

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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 Picture
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 Picture
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 Picture
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 Picture
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 Picture
Best Actress – Juliette Binoche
Best Supporting Actress – Judi Dench
Best Adapted Screenplay – Robert Nelson Jacobs
Best Original Score – Rachel Portman

Related topics Academy Awards, Amelie, Baz Luhrmann, Bridget Jones's Diary, Chocolat, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Jane Austin, Joe Wright, Juno, Moulin Rouge!, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Nia Vardalos, Oscars, Pride and Prejudice, Shrek, Sideways, Up
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