1. Shakespeare in Love
Original Release Date: Shakespeare in Love was released in theaters on December 3, 1998.
Box Office Earnings: The film performed well at the box office, bringing in a worldwide gross of over $289 million against a budget of $25 million.
Critical Acclaim: The film garnered rave reviews upon release and holds a stellar 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Shakespeare in Love earned a whopping 13 Academy Award nominations, of which it won seven, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress for Judi Dench, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Actress for Paltrow.
About the Role: Paltrow stars in Shakespeare in Love as Viola de Lesseps, the daughter of a wealthy merchant, who becomes the muse and romantic interest of William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes). Viola poses as a man in order to star in Shakespeare’s latest production, but behind the scenes, she and the playwright strike up a star-crossed romance that all but cures his writer’s block. However, in an ode to Shakespeare’s works, their relationship is forbidden due to Viola’s impending marriage and Shakespeare’s shaky reputation in society.
Simply the Best: Although Shakespeare in Love comes attached with horror stories from a producer who shall not be named (as do, unfortunately, many more of Paltrow’s movies), it’s undeniable that Paltrow delivers a breathtaking performance. While Emma introduced the world to Paltrow as a leading star, Shakespeare in Love upped the ante and gave us a full-fledged movie star. It’s unfortunate the film’s legacy has been marred, but nothing can take away the absolute joy of watching Gwyneth Paltrow dazzle in a career-best display of pure enchantment.
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