full title Annie Hall

director Woody Allen

leading actors/actresses Woody Allen, Diane Keaton

supporting actors/actresses Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon, Janet Margolin, Shelley Duvall, Christopher Walken, Colleen Dewhurst

type of work Feature film

genre Romantic comedy

language English

time and place produced Filmed primarily in New York City from 1976 to 1977


 · 1978 Academy Awards:
 · Winner, Best Picture (Charles H. Joffe)
 · Winner, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Diane Keaton)
 · Winner, Best Director (Woody Allen);
 · Winner, Best Writing-Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen (Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman).
 · 1978 British Academy of Film and Television Awards:
 · Winner, Best Actress (Diane Keaton);
 · Winner, Best Direction (Woody Allen)
 · Winner, Best Editing (Ralph Rosenblum, Wendy Greene Bricmont)
 · Winner, Best Film, Best Screenplay (Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman)
 · 1978 Bodil Awards:
 · Winner, Best Non-European Film (Woody Allen)
 · 1979 Cinema Writers Circle Awards (Spain):
 · Winner, Best Foreign Film (Woody Allen)
 · 1978 Directors Guild of America:
 · Winner, Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Motion Picture
 · 1978 Golden Globes:
 · Winner, Best Motion Picture Actress-Musical/Comedy (Diane Keaton)
 · 1979 Guild of German Art House Cinemas:
 · Winner, Gold Award for Foreign Film
 · 1977 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards:
 · Winner, Best Screenplay (Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman)
 · 1977 National Board of Review:
 · Winner, Best Supporting Actress (Diane Keaton)
 · 1977 National Society of Film Critics Awards:
 · Winner, Best Actress (Diane Keaton)
 · Winner, Best Film, Best Screenplay (Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman)
 · 1977 New York Film Critics Circle Awards:
 · Winner, Best Actress (Diane Keaton);
 · Winner, Best Director (Woody Allen);
 · Winner, Best Film, Best Screenplay (Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman)
 · 1978 Writers Guild of America:
 · Winner, Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen (Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman)

date of release 1977

producer Rollins-Joffe Productions

setting (time) Late 1970s

setting (place) Primarily New York City; a few scenes in Los Angeles and in Wisconsin

protagonist Alvy Singer

major conflict Alvy struggles with himself and his past in a quest to pinpoint the cause of his breakup with Annie Hall and the reason for his failure to succeed in romantic relationships with women.

rising action Alvy flashes back to moments in his childhood and episodes in his relationships with Annie and his two ex-wives in a psychoanalytic attempt to explain his breakup with Annie.

climax Alvy and Annie’s trip to Los Angeles solidifies the growing rift between them: Annie is intrigued by the energy and newness of L.A., while Alvy can do nothing but criticize it.

falling action Annie follows her singing career to L.A., while Alvy can’t wait to return to the safety of his home city. Ultimately, they agree that their relationship is a “dead shark” and should end.

themes The absurdity and necessity of love; the transformative nature of art; location as identity

motifs Stereotypes; transformation; performance

symbols New York; Los Angeles; drugs

foreshadowing Alvy’s opening monologue foreshadows the troubles he’s about to reveal about his life; Annie’s first nightclub performance foreshadows her eventual move to L.A. to pursue her singing career; Annie’s lack of interest in sex hints at future relationship troubles