Fourth Annual Cosmique Movie Awards


Shattered Glass

He'd do anything to get a great story.

Directed by: Billy Rae

Written by: Buzz Bissinger (article); Billy Rae (screenplay)

Starring: Hayden Christensen, Peter Sarsgaard, ChloŽ Sevigny, Rosario Dawson, Melanie Lynskey, Hank Azaria, Steve Zahn

Primary Genres:
Drama; Historical

2003 Cosmique Movie Awards

  • Nominations:  1
  • Awards:  0


  • Viewers25% of raters (52nd place)
  • Average Rating: 8.33 (6th place)
  • Weighted Rank: 208 (46th place)


The true story of Stephen Glass (Hayden Christensen), a hotshot young reporter for The New Republic who fell from grace in 1998 when it was discovered that he fabricated more than half of his stories.

Hayden Christensen came very close to getting a Best Actor Cosmo nomination (he was literally just one vote shy of the nomination), but in the end, Shattered Glass will have to content itself with just its Best Historical nomination.


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Reviews from Cosmo Voters:

    Remember Hayden Christensen? No, not the Hayden nominated in 2003 for Worst Performance for "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones." I'm talking about the Hayden Christensen nominated the year before for Best Supporting Actor for "Life as a House."

    It's the same guy? Well, the actor in "Shattered Glass" better resembles the promise and potential he demonstrated with "Life as a House" (which was filmed after "Star Wars" but released before). He at last has a chance to demonstrate that his stilted Anakin Skywalker performance was more a matter of poor direction or first-time-out-the-gate jitters than a lack of talent.

    For me, "Shattered Glass" counts as a historical film -- and a very good one at that -- not only because it represents a specific historical incident (albeit one that occurred a mere five years ago) but also because it helps mirror the attitudes of the time it presents. In 1998, we were still on the upswing of the heady Internet boom. The dot-com companies were still on the upswing and starting to flex their muscle (and in fact, it was an online magazine that exposed Glass' fraud and brought him down). But also, many were companies with fly-by-night schemes that managed to succeed because, like Stephen Glass, they weren't exposed to the scrutiny necessary to ensure that they weren't pulling the wool over our eyes.

    "Shattered Glass" demonstrates terrific acting among its lead as well as the supporting and ensemble cast. Hayden Chistensen and Peter Sarsgaard will both make my long lists for Best Actor and Supporting Actor respectively, though it still remains to be seen whether they will make the final cut once I have to whittle it down to five. The film will definitely make my top five historicals of the year. And though it sounds trite and somewhat diminishes the film, if I do have a category for Sexiest Cast (a.k.a. Ensemble Cast You Would Most Like to Play Strip Poker With), this might make that cut as well. (But I probably won't have that category.)

    My grade: A -

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