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Being Julia

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Awards and Festivals

An intoxicating combination of wicked comedy and smart drama. In London in 1938, beautiful and beguiling Julia Lambert (Annette Bening) is at her peak, physically and professionally. But her successful theatrical career and her marriage to handsome impresario Michael Gosselyn (Jeremy Irons) have become stale and unfulfilling. She longs for novelty, excitement, sparks. Enter Tom Fennell (Shaun Evans), a younger man who claims to be Julia's greatest fan. Finding his ardor irresistible, she decides that romance is the best antidote to a mid-life crisis and embarks on a passionate affair. Life becomes more daring and exciting, until Julia's young lover callously tries to relegate her to a supporting role. Summoning all of her considerable powers, Julia masterminds a brilliant revenge that places her exactly where she belongs: centre stage and in the spotlight.


Produced by: 

Robert Lantos 


Mark Musselman 

Directed by:

Istvan Szabo

Based on the novel "Theatre" by:

Somerset Maugham

Screenplay by:

Ronald Harwood



Annette Bening

Jeremy Irons

Michael Gambon

Lucy Punch

Academy Awards

Nominee, Best Actress


Golden Globes

Winner, Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy

Toronto International Film Festival 

Opening Night Gala


Telluride International Film Festival 

Official Selection 

San Sebastian International Film Festival 

Official Selection 

Critics Choice Awards

Nominee, Best Actress

European Film Awards

Nominee, People's Choice Best Director 

National Board of Review Awards

Winner, Best Actress

Canadian Screen Awards

Nominee, Best Picture

Hollywood Film Awards

Winner, Actress of the Year

Vancouver International Film Festival 

Opening Night Film

"Bening shines, and the film shines too."    

- Michael Wilmington ,The Chicago Tribune

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