Affleck and co-writer Matt Damon can thank pal Kevin Smith for getting this script to Dimension boss Harvey Weinstein. After Affleck gave Smith the script to take a look at, Smith was so impressed that he got straight onto the blower with Weinstein, telling him it’s “Oscar good”.
It was. The Boston-set tale of a troublesome prodigy was made for just $10m, grossed $225m and landed nine Oscar nominations. Robin Williams won the Best Supporting Actor gong, while Affleck and Damon got an award for their script.