Half Nelson (2006)

Despite his dedication to the junior-high students who fill his classroom, idealistic teacher Dan Dunne (Ryan Gosling) leads a secret life that the majority of his students will never know. When Dunne's drug-soaked nightlife begins to bleed over into his daytime hours and troubled student Drey (Shareeka Epps) makes a startling discovery, the tenuous bond that forms between the pair soon leads to a warm friendship that could either lead them down a dangerous path or provide the human companionship needed to see things from a fresh perspective and start life anew.

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Awards:
  • Academy Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role nomination: Ryan Gosling (2007)
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor nomination: Ryan Gosling (2007)
  • Gotham Awards Best Film winner: Ryan Fleck (2006)
  • Gotham Breakthrough Award winner: Shareeka Epps (2006)
  • Gotham Breakthrough Director Award winner: Ryan Fleck (2006)
  • Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead winner: Shareeka Epps (2007)
  • Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead winner: Ryan Gosling (2007)
  • Independent Spirit Awards Best Director nomination: Ryan Fleck (2007)
  • Independent Spirit Awards Best First Screenplay nomination: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (2007)
  • National Board of Review Best Breakthrough Performance Male winner: Ryan Gosling (2006)
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role nomination: Ryan Gosling (2007)
  • Sundance Film Festival Dramatic nomination: Ryan Fleck (2006)
Festivals:
  • Sundance Film Festival (2006)
  • New Directors/New Films (2006)
  • Locarno Film Festival (2006)
  • Deauville Film Festival (2006)
  • Vienna International Film Festival (2006)
  • Glasgow Film Festival (2007)
  • (partial list)