Shakespeare in Love has become infamous in the world of Academy Award trivia for beating out some war movie about saving private somebody or other. It also guaranteed that Gwynneth Paltrow would forever show up in my Shakespeare news filters every single time she is mentioned because she is now always referred to as “Shakespeare in Love actress Gwynneth Paltrow” (and I’m sure that someday very soon Ralph Fiennes’ brother Joseph is going to get sick of hearing people say, “Weren’t you Shakespeare?”)
Among Shakespeare geeks the movie is a joy, a wonderful example of how you can start with Shakespeare’s material (in this case, Romeo and Juliet) and still make an entirely new and beautiful thing. It should be no surprise that Tom Stoppard, who brought us Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, was behind this masterpiece as well.
On Tuesday, January 31, Shakespeare in Love will be released on Blu-ray high definition DVD. Thanks to the good people at Click Communications I have *three* (3) copies to giveaway.
1) Whenever I think of this movie I think of the whole Academy Award thing. So I want you to add a comment to this post inventing a “Shakespeare Award” category and nominating a play. Who had the best sword fight? Best Soliloquoy? Best supporting actor in a non-comedic role? Hopefully you get the idea. Best Cross-Dressing?
2) Entries must be received by end of day on Wednesday, February 1. This is a quick one! I like the idea of announcing the winners on Groundhog Day. So you have all day Tuesday and Wednesday to enter (you can make as many entries as you like but your name’s only going in the hat once)!
3) Winners will be chosen randomly from all valid entries received. So don’t be afraid to get silly with your guesses.
4) Contest open to residents of the continental United States due to shipping constraints.
MORE CHANCES TO WIN!
By a spectacular quirk of fate, and the fact that he found out about the release first and alerted me to it, our buddy KJ over at Bardfilm is running his own giveaway, and he’s taking entries until Friday! So don’t forget to go put your name in his hat as well to double your chances!
Who will win? I don’t know. It’s a mystery!