List of accolades received by The Elephant Man

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Accolades received by The Elephant Man
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John Hurt at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival

Total number of wins and nominations
Totals 6 24

The Elephant Man is a 1980 American drama film based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London. The film was directed by David Lynch and stars John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Michael Elphick, Hannah Gordon, and Freddie Jones. Lynch adapted the screenplay draft by Christopher De Vore and Eric Bergren. Although Mel Brooks agreed to produce the film through his production company Brooksfilms, it was turned down by a number of studios before it was finally greenlit by Paramount Pictures.[1]

Seen perhaps as the most conventional of Lynch's otherwise surrealist films,[2] The Elephant Man was a commercial success, grossing over $26 million in the United States alone.[3] The film was also a critical success, garnering universal acclaim[4] and receiving multiple award nominations. Both Lynch and Hurt received nominations at the Academy Awards and British Academy Film Awards. The film went on to win the Best Film award at the latter, as well as Best Foreign Film at the César Awards.

The film's technical production was similarly lauded. John Morris' score was also nominated for several awards, including receiving a nod at the 24th Grammy Awards, but failed to win each time. The film's cinematography, by English cinematographer Freddie Francis, was likewise nominated for several awards, receiving one from the British Society of Cinematographers. In addition, the film's editing, costume design, art direction and screenplay received nominations at the Academy Award and BAFTA ceremonies.

Awards and nominations

Award Year Category Recipient Result Ref(s)
Academy Awards 1981 Best Director David Lynch Nominated [5]
Best Adapted Screenplay David Lynch, Christopher De Vore and Eric Bergren Nominated
Best Actor John Hurt Nominated
Best Picture Jonathan Sanger Nominated
Best Costume Design Patricia Norris Nominated
Best Art Direction Stuart Craig, Robert Cartwright & Hugh Scaife Nominated
Best Film Editing Anne V. Coates Nominated
Best Original Score John Morris Nominated
Belgian Film Critics Association 1982 Grand Prix David Lynch Won
British Academy Film Awards 1981 Best Film Jonathon Sanger Won [6]
Best Actor John Hurt Won
Best Production Design Stuart Craig Won
Best Direction David Lynch Nominated
Best Screenplay David Lynch, Christopher De Vore and Eric Bergren Nominated
Best Cinematography Freddie Francis Nominated
Best Editing Anne V. Coates Nominated
British Society of Cinematographers Awards 1980 Best Cinematography Freddie Francis Won [7]
César Awards 1982 Best Foreign Film David Lynch Won [8]
Directors Guild of America Awards 1981 Outstanding Directing David Lynch Nominated [9]
Golden Globe Awards 1981 Best Director David Lynch Nominated [10]
Best Motion Picture – Drama Jonathon Sanger Nominated
Best Actor – Drama John Hurt Nominated
Best Screenplay Eric Bergren Nominated
Grammy Awards 1982 Best Soundtrack Album John Morris Nominated [12]

See also


  1. ^ Rodley and Lynch, pp. 88–107
  2. ^ Le Blanc and Odell, pp. 29–30
  3. ^ "The Elephant Man (1980)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  4. ^ "The Elephant Man - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  5. ^ "53rd Academy Awards Winners | Oscar Legacy". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  6. ^ "Past Winners and Nominees - Film - Awards - The BAFTA site". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  7. ^ "BSC Best Cinematography Award". British Society of Cinematographers. Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Académie des César". Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma. Retrieved 16 October 2011. Site does not support direct linking to search results. Search "David Lynch" for results.
  9. ^ "Awards / History / 1980 - 33rd Annual DGA Awards". Directors Guild of America Award. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  10. ^ "HFPA - Awards Search". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
  11. ^ "HFPA - Awards Search". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  12. ^ "24th Annual Grammy Awards Final Nominations". Billboard. 94 (3): 90. 23 January 1982. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 19 October 2011.


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