20th Century Women

20th Century Women

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mike Mills
Produced by
Written by Mike Mills
Music by Roger Neill
Cinematography Sean Porter
Edited by Leslie Jones
Distributed by A24
Release dates
Running time
118 minutes[1][2]
Country United States
Language English

20th Century Women is a 2016 American comedy-drama film directed and written by Mike Mills. The film stars Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Lucas Jade Zumann, and Billy Crudup.

The film had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival as the Centerpiece on October 8, 2016[3] and is scheduled to be released on December 25, 2016 by A24.[4]



20th Century Women was first announced on January 16, 2015, that Mike Mills would direct the film based on his own script, and Annapurna Pictures' Megan Ellison would produce the film along with Anne Carey of Archer Gray and with Youree Henley.[5] The film is set in Santa Barbara 1979 about a single mother who tries to teach her teenage son about love and freedom, along with two other women.[5] On May 14, 2015, Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning joined the female lead cast of the film, in which Bening would play the single mother, Gerwig to play a young sophisticated photographer, and Fanning to play a provocative friend of the single mother's teenage son.[6] On August 3, 2015, Billy Crudup was cast in a supporting role.[7] Roger Neill composed the film's score.[8]


Principal photography on the film began on September 8, 2015 in Southern California.[5][9] During production on the film, Elle Fanning and Annette Bening were spotted on set.[10] Production concluded on October 27, 2015.[11]


In June 2016, A24 acquired U.S distribution rights to the film.[12] The film had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival as the Centerpiece on October 8, 2016.[13] It will also screen at the AFI Fest on November 16, 2016.[14] The film is scheduled to be released in a limited release on December 25, 2016.[15]

Critical reception

20th Century Women received positive reviews from film critics. It holds a 95% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 19 reviews, with an average rating of 8.3/10.[16] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 76 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[17]


List of awards and nominations
Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Critics' Choice Awards December 11, 2016 Best Actress Annette Bening Pending [18]
Best Supporting Actress Greta Gerwig Pending
Best Acting Ensemble The cast of 20th Century Women Pending
Gotham Awards November 28, 2016 Best Actress Annette Bening Nominated [19]
Independent Spirit Awards February 25, 2017 Best Female Lead Annette Bening Pending [20]
Best Screenplay Mike Mills Pending
Satellite Awards February 19, 2017 Best Actress Annette Bening Pending [21]
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association December 5, 2016 Best Actress Annette Bening Pending [22]
Best Supporting Actress Greta Gerwig Pending
Best Ensemble The cast of 20th Century Women Pending


  1. "20th Century Women (15)". British Board of Film Classification. November 7, 2016. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  2. "20th Century Women". New York Film Festival. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  3. Jafaar, Ali (July 27, 2016). "Mike Mills' '20th Century Women' Selected As New York Film Fest Centerpiece". Deadline.com. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  4. Galuppo, Mia (September 26, 2016). "'20th Century Women' Gets a Holiday Release". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  5. 1 2 3 Sneider, Jeff (January 16, 2015). "Megan Ellison's Annapurna to Produce Mike Mills' '20th Century Women'". thewrap.com. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  6. McNary, Dave (May 14, 2015). "Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning Join '20th Century Women'". variety.com. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  7. Fleming Jr, Mike (August 3, 2015). "Billy Crudup Lands Lead In '20th Century Women'". deadline.com. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  8. "Roger Neil to score Mike Mills '20th Century Women'". Film Music Reporter. January 11, 2016. Retrieved June 9, 2016.
  9. "On the Set for 9/11/15: Matt Damon Starts on Jason Bourne Sequel, Shailene Woodley Wraps Divergent Series: Allegiant". ssninsider.com. September 11, 2015. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  10. "Mellow in yellow! Elle Fanning is a blast from the past in oxford shirt and denim culottes as she films 1970s-set film 20th Century Women". Daily Mail. October 2, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  11. "On the Set for 10/30/15: Keanu Reeves Starts on John Wick Sequel, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron Wrap Up Neighbors 2". SSN INSIDER. October 30, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  12. Fleming Jr, Mike (June 29, 2016). "Annette Bening-Starrer '20th Century Women' Lands At A24". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  13. Society, Film (July 27, 2016). "Mike Mills's 20th Century Women is NYFF54 Centerpiece". New York Film Festival. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  14. McNary, Dave (October 13, 2016). "Annette Bening's '20th Century Women' to Screen at AFI Fest". Variety. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  15. D'Alessandro, Anthony (September 26, 2016). "A24's '20th Century Women' Sets Christmas Debut". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 26, 2016.
  16. "20th Century Women (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  17. "20th Century Women". Metacritic.com. Retrieved October 9, 2016.
  18. "La La Land Leads with 12 Nominations for the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards". Critics' Choice. December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  19. Cox, Gordon (October 20, 2016). "Gotham Awards Nominations 2016: 'Manchester By The Sea' Leads with Four". Variety. Retrieved October 20, 2016.
  20. Warren, Matt (November 22, 2016). "2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced!". Independent Spirit Awards. Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  21. Kilday, Gregg (November 29, 2016). "Satellite Awards Nominees Revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  22. "The 2016 WAFCA Awards Nominations". December 3, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2016.

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