1917 is a 2019 epic war film directed, co-written, and produced by Sam Mendes. The film stars George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, with Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch. It is based in part on an account told to Mendes by his paternal grandfather, Alfred Mendes, and chronicles the story of two young British soldiers during World War I who are tasked with delivering a message calling off an attack doomed to fail, soon after the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line during Operation Alberich in 1917.
The project was officially announced in June 2018, with MacKay and Chapman signing on in October and the rest of the cast the following March. Filming took place from April to June 2019 in England and Scotland, with cinematographer Roger Deakins and editor Lee Smith using long takes to have the entire film appear as two consecutive continuous shots.
1917 premiered in the UK on 4 December 2019 and was theatrically released in the United States on 25 December, by Universal Pictures, and in the United Kingdom on 10 January 2020, by eOne. The film was praised by critics for Mendes's direction, the performances, cinematography, musical score, sound effects, and realism. Among its various accolades, the film received 10 nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. The film won Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director at the 77th Golden Globe Awards, and it has received nine nominations at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards. It also won the Producers Guild of America Award for Best Theatrical Motion Picture.