Sunday, January 13, 2013

Gods and Monsters

1998 British/American Feature

Cast: Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave, Lolita Davidovich, David Dukes, Kevin J. O'Connor, Mark Kiely and Jack Plotnick
Writer/Director: Bill Condon, based on the novel Father of Frankenstein by Christopher Bram

As his life draws to a close, film director James Whale, the openly gay genius behind the cinematic horror classics Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, befriends an attractive young gardener.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 96% / Audience: 80%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 74% / Audience: 7.9%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; also nominated for Best Actor (McKellen) and Supporting Actress (Redgrave).
  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Special Award.
  • BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Redgrave).
  • British Independent Film Award for Best Actor (McKellen).
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor (McKellen); also nominated for Best Picture.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film, Wide Release.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress (Redgrave); also nominated for Best Motion Picture - Drama and Actor - Drama (McKellen).
  • Independent Spirit Awards for Best Feature, Actor (McKellen) and Supporting Actress (Redgrave); also nominated for Best Screenplay.
  • London Critics Circle Film Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year (Redgrave).
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards for Best Actor (McKellen) and Music.
  • National Board of Review Awards for Best Film and Actor (McKellen).
  • Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor (McKellen).
  • Producers Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures.
  • Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Actor (McKellen) and Supporting Actress (Redgrave).
  • Writers Guild of America nomination for Adapted Screenplay.

  • The title comes from a line spoken by Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger) to Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive) in Bride of Frankenstein: "To a new world of gods and monsters."
  • To date, Ian McKellen is the only openly gay actor to be nominated for an Oscar for playing an openly gay character.
  • One of only three films since the advent of the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar to win the award without receiving a Best Picture nomination as well. The first was 1952's The Bad and the Beautiful, the second was 1996's Sling Blade.

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