Film: 2008: Frost/Nixon

Frost/Nixon- the movie about the President

“Frost/Nixon” Earns Five Oscar Nominations, Including “Best Picture”

Film Adapted From Book by Wilson Center's James Reston, Jr.

Michael Sheen as David Frost, Frank Langella as Richard Nixon in "Frost/Nixon"(L to R) Disgraced former president Richard Nixon (FRANK LANGELLA) faces off against jet-setting TV personality David Frost (MICHAEL SHEEN) in a new drama from Oscar®-winning director Ron Howard--"Frost/Nixon". Photo Credit: Ralph Nelson. Copyright: © 2007 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

WASHINGTON— “Frost/Nixon” received nominations for five Academy Awards for 2009, including the categories Best Picture, Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay), Best Directing, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Editing. James Reston, Jr., a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, served as principal adviser to the film, which drew from his book, The Conviction of Richard Nixon: The Untold Story of the Frost/Nixon Interviews. Reston, who was David Frost’s Watergate adviser for the famous 1977 Frost-Nixon interviews, consulted extensively with playwright Peter Morgan as he wrote the play.
 
The Best Directing nomination went to director Ron Howard, who won the award in 2001 with “A Beautiful Mind.” Frank Langella, who portrayed Richard Nixon both on screen and stage, earned the Best Actor nomination – the actor’s first Oscar nod. The film version also starred Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, and Oliver Platt, as well as Sam Rockwell playing Reston’s character.
 
A special pre-release screening of the film was held at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C. on December 1, 2008, co-sponsored by the Wilson Center and Universal Pictures. The screening was followed by a panel moderated by historian Robert Dallek and included Ron Howard, Peter Morgan, and James Reston, Jr.
 
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. The Center establishes and maintains a neutral forum for free, open, and informed dialogue. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds and engaged in the study of national and world affairs.

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"Frost/Nixon" Movie Production

Film release date: December 5, 2008

Genre: Drama

Cast: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Kevin Bacon, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Matthew Macfadyen, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell

Directed by: Ron Howard

Screenplay by: Peter Morgan

Based on the Stageplay by: Peter Morgan

Producers: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner

Executive Producers: Peter Morgan, Matthew Byam Shaw, Debra Hayward, Liza Chasin, Karen Kehela Sherwood, David Bernardi, Todd Hallowell

Oscar®-winning director Ron Howard brings to the screen writer Peter Morgan's (The Queen, The Last King of Scotland) electrifying battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make, in the untold story of the historic encounter that changed both: Frost/Nixon. Reprising their roles from Morgan's stageplay are Frank Langella, who won a Tony for his portrayal of Nixon, and Michael Sheen, who fully inhabited the part of Frost onstage in London and New York.

For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans.

Likewise, Frost's team harbored doubts about their boss' ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted. Would Nixon evade questions of his role in one of the nation's greatest disgraces? Or would Frost confound critics and bravely demand accountability from the man who'd built a career out of stonewalling? Over the course of their encounter, each man would reveal his own insecurities, ego and reserves of dignity -- ultimately setting aside posturing in a stunning display of unvarnished truth.

Frost/Nixon not only re-creates the on-air interview, but the weeks of around-the-world, behind-the-scenes maneuvering between the two men and their camps as negotiations were struck, deals were made and secrets revealed...all leading to the moment when they would sit facing one another in the court of public opinion.

Frost/Nixon is a collaboration between Imagine Entertainment and Working Title Films, with Academy Award® winners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard joining Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner as producers. Joining Langella and Sheen as the colorful real-life personalities who provide the men counsel is a formidable roster of actors including Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell, Toby Jones and Matthew Macfadyen.

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