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Good Will Hunting
Good Will Hunting is a 1997 film directed by Gus Van Sant set in greater Boston, Massachusetts, which tells the story of Will Hunting, a troubled young prodigy who works as a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology even though his knowledge of and facility with mathematics is superior to that of all of the school's faculty.
The movie was written by Damon and Affleck. The widely-spread rumor that Good Will Hunting was written by legendary screenwriter William Goldman was refuted in Goldman's book Which Lie Did I Tell? More Adventures In The Screen Trade as a joke that got out of hand.
- Robin Williams : Sean Maguire
- Matt Damon : Will Hunting
- Ben Affleck : Chuckie Sullivan
- Stellan Skarsgård : Gerald Lambeau
- Minnie Driver : Skylar
- Casey Affleck : Morgan O'Mally
Will and Chuckie hang out together with their friends, drinking and fighting in Southie. Will works as a janitor at MIT, suppressing his talent for memorizing books in a single, page-at-glance reading and solving arcane math puzzles that baffle grad students until his 21st year, when his life suddenly changes.
Just days after meeting Skylar (Minnie Driver) at a Harvard bar, Will and his friends pick a fight with a gang harassing a girl on the street, but Will resists arrest when the cops come and faces jail time. The judge says, "You hit a cop, you're going in."
Enter Gerald Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgård), who strikes a deal with Will: he will have the charges dropped if Will agrees to see a psychiatrist once a week and meet with him to discover the depth of Will's genius. Will reluctantly agrees and after meeting with a series of unwilling shrinks, Lambeau appeals to his college roommate Sean Maguire (Robin Williams), a professor of psychology at the local community college.
- Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor – Robin Williams
- Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay - Matt Damon & Ben Affleck
- Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture - Matt Damon & Ben Affleck
- Academy Award for Best Picture
- Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama
- Academy Award for Directing - Gus Van Sant
- Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures - Gus Van Sant
- Academy Award for Best Actor - Matt Damon
- Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama - Matt Damon
- Golden Globe Award Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Robin Williams
- Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress - Minnie Driver
- Writers Guild of America Award for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen - Matt Damon & Ben Affleck
- Academy Award for Film Editing - Pietro Scalia
- Academy Award for Original Music Score - Danny Elfman
- Academy Award for Best Song – Elliott Smith (song "Miss Misery")
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