The film opened in the United States cinemas on December 21, 2001. It went on to gross over $313 million worldwide and won four Academy Awards , for Best Picture , Best Director , Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress . It was also nominated for Best Actor , Best Film Editing , Best Makeup and Best Original Score . Written by journalism professor Sylvia Nasar, this book is an unauthorized biography of the award-winning mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr. In 1994, he was one of three recipients who shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for their work with game theory.