Capote is a 2005 biographical film about American novelist Truman Capote directed by Bennett Miller, and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman in the titular role. The film primarily follows the events during the writing of Capote's 1965 nonfiction book In Cold Blood. The film was based on Gerald Clarke's 1988 biography Capote. It was released September 30, 2005, coinciding with Capote's birthday. The film received acclaim from critics for Hoffman's lead performance and won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his portrayal of the title character.