Oscar Movies: Mystic River (2003)–Six Nominations (including Picture, Director), Winning Two

The dramatic thriller Mystic River was extremely well-directed (by Clint Eastwood) and well acted by the entire cast.

The screenplay, written by Brian Helgeland, was based on the novel of the same name by Dennis Lehane.

The film was produced by Robert Lorentz, Judie G. Hoyt, and Eastwood.

It is the first film on which Eastwood was credited as composer of the score.

Opening to critical acclaim in October, Mystic River was nominated for six Oscars:

Oscar Nominations: 6

Best Picture

Director: Clint Eastwood

Screenplay (Adapted): Brian Helgeland

Best Actor: Sean Penn

Supporting Actor: Tim Robbins

Supporting Actress: Marcia Gay Harden

 

Oscar Awards: 2

Actor

Supporting Actor

Oscar Context:

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, directed by Peter Jackson, swept most of the Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.

With Penn winning Best Actor and Robbins Best Supporting Actor, Mystic River became the first film to win both awards since Ben-Hur in 1959 (Charlton Heston and Hugh Griffith, respectively).