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Director
Gary Ross
Writer
Laura Hillenbrand, Gary Ross
Stars
Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks
Companies
Universal Pictures, Dreamworks Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment
Released
2003-07-25
Runtime
2h 20min
MPA
PG-13
Genres
Drama, History, Sport
Countries
USA
Languages
English
Awards
Nominated for 7 Oscars, 6 wins & 44 nominations total
Keywords
horse movie,horse sport,horse,horse racing,racehorse
Baltimore SunMichael Sragow

Seabiscuit revives the sweeping pleasures of movies that address and respect the mass audience, raising the common denominator instead of pandering to it. This crowd-pleaser rouses honest and engulfing cheers.

Rolling StonePeter Travers

Unabashedly hokey, but would you want it any other way? In an era of cynical junk (did anyone say “Bad Boys II”?), Ross restores the good name of crowd-pleasing.

Chicago Sun-TimesRoger Ebert

The movie's races are thrilling because they must be thrilling; there's no way for the movie to miss on those, but writer-director Gary Ross and his cinematographer, John Schwartzman, get amazingly close to the action.

Philadelphia InquirerCarrie Rickey

The three (human) leads are perfection. Bridges' Howard is as breezily garrulous and glad-handing as Cooper's Smith is laconic and withdrawn. Maguire's Pollard has haunted eyes and orangey hair that makes him look like a human jack-o'-lantern, and establishes his own unique rhythm and less-is-more style.

Film ThreatRick Kisonak

Sublimely directed, scored, shot and performed, the picture misses greatness by a nose as a result of shortcomings in its script.

New York Magazine (Vulture)Peter Rainer

Watching this movie, you get the feeling that the Depression existed so that Seabiscuit could be memorialized.

Wall Street JournalJoe Morgenstern

For all its pictorial splendor and carefully calculated drama, this film misses greatness by a country mile.

TV Guide MagazineMaitland McDonagh

The movie's secret weapons are its stellar cast, whose performances go a long way to ameliorating Ross's ham-fisted use of foreshadowing and symbols, and its brilliantly shot racing sequences -- they're heart-stoppingly suspenseful even when the outcome is a matter of record.

SalonCharles Taylor

It's deluxe and handsome and has no soul.

Christian Science MonitorDavid Sterritt

I found much of it as emotionally rigged as a crooked horse race.

Academy Awards, USA2004

2004 Nominee Oscar, Kathleen Kennedy - Frank Marshall - Gary Ross
2004 Nominee Oscar, Gary Ross
2004 Nominee Oscar, John Schwartzman
2004 Nominee Oscar, William Goldenberg
2004 Nominee Oscar, Jeannine Oppewall (art director) - Leslie Pope (set decorator)

American Cinema Editors, USA2004

2004 Nominee Eddie, William Goldenberg

American Society of Cinematographers, USA2004

2004 Winner ASC Award, John Schwartzman

ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards2004

2004 Winner ASCAP Award, Randy Newman

Critics Choice Awards2004

2004 Nominee Critics Choice Award
2004 Nominee Critics Choice Award, Gary Ross

Casting Society of America, USA2004

2004 Nominee Artios Award, Debra Zane

Cinema Audio Society, USA2004

2004 Nominee C.A.S. Award, Andy Nelson (re-recording mixer) - Anna Behlmer (re-recording mixer) - Tod A. Maitland (production mixer)

Costume Designers Guild Awards2004

2004 Nominee CDG Award, Judianna Makovsky

Directors Guild of America, USA2004

2004 Nominee DGA Award, Gary Ross

Golden Globes, USA2004

2004 Nominee Golden Globe
2004 Nominee Golden Globe, William H. Macy

Satellite Awards2004

2004 Nominee Golden Satellite Award, Jeff Bridges
2004 Nominee Golden Satellite Award, Gary Ross
2004 Nominee Golden Satellite Award, Randy Newman
2004 Nominee Golden Satellite Award, John Schwartzman
2004 Nominee Golden Satellite Award, William Goldenberg

Grammy Awards2004

2004 Nominee Grammy, Randy Newman

Hochi Film Awards2004

2004 Winner Hochi Film Award, Gary Ross

Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Awards2004

2004 Nominee Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award, Thomas Nellen - Lydia Milars - Martina Kohl

Humanitas Prize2004

2004 Nominee Humanitas Prize, Gary Ross

Awards of the Japanese Academy2005

2005 Nominee Award of the Japanese Academy

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA2004

2004 Nominee Golden Reel Award, Per Hallberg (supervising sound editor) - Karen Baker Landers (supervising sound editor) - Craig S. Jaeger (supervising foley editor) - Christopher Assells (sound effects editor) - Dino Dimuro (sound effects editor) - Dan Hegeman (sound effects editor) - Peter Staubli (sound effects editor) - Scott Sanders (sound effects editor) - Bruce Tanis (sound effects editor) - Ezra Dweck (sound effects editor)
2004 Nominee Golden Reel Award, Per Hallberg (supervising sound editor) - Karen Baker Landers (supervising sound editor) - David A. Cohen (adr editor) - Anna MacKenzie (adr editor) - Chris Hogan (dialogue editor) - Kimaree Long (dialogue editor) - Constance A. Kazmer (dialogue editor)

National Board of Review, USA2003

2003 Winner NBR Award

PGA Awards2004

2004 Nominee PGA Award, Kathleen Kennedy - Frank Marshall - Gary Ross

Screen Actors Guild Awards2004

2004 Nominee Actor, Chris Cooper
2004 Nominee Actor, Elizabeth Banks - Jeff Bridges - Chris Cooper - William H. Macy - Tobey Maguire - Gary Stevens

Art Directors Guild2004

2004 Nominee Excellence in Production Design Award, Jeannine Oppewall (production designer) - Andrew Neskoromny (art director) - Suzan Wexler (assistant art director)

Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards2003

2003 Nominee SEFCA Award, (8th place)

USC Scripter Award2004

2004 Winner USC Scripter Award, Gary Ross (screenwriter) - Laura Hillenbrand (author) (Tied with Brian Helgeland and Dennis Lehane for Mystic River (2003).)

World Stunt Awards2004

2004 Nominee Taurus Award, Ryan Brown - Richard Bucher - Kevin Derr - Tad Griffith - Marty Murray (A stunt man is thrown from his horse while his foot is caught in a stirrup. Held only by the stirrup, he is then dragged by the horse through a stable and hits various parts of the building, until finally coming free of the horse.)
2004 Nominee Taurus Award, Ryan Brown - Richard Bucher - Kevin Derr - Tad Griffith - Marty Murray (A stunt man is thrown from his horse while his foot is caught in a stirrup. Held only by the stirrup, he is then dragged by the horse through a stable and hits various parts of the building, until finally coming free of the horse.)

Writers Guild of America, USA2004

2004 Nominee WGA Award (Screen), Gary Ross

Young Artist Awards2004

2004 Nominee Young Artist Award

Park City Film Music Festival2012

2012 Winner Distinguished Artist Award, Conrad Pope

ESPY Awards2004

2004 Nominee ESPY

Awards Circuit Community Awards2003

2003 Nominee Honorable Mentions (The Next Ten Best Picture Contenders)

Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)2004

2004 Nominee IOMA

AARP Movies for Grownups Awards2004

2004 Nominee Movies for Grownups Award
2004 Nominee Movies for Grownups Award, Leslie Pope