An award history of Michael Cimino

I fell down an interesting rabbit hole that took me to the career of Michael Cimino. Although I’ve never watched any of his films, I was familiar with his infamy after Heaven’s Gate. What I didn’t know about was the wild roller coaster ride that was his award legacy:

1979Academy AwardBest PictureThe Deer HunterWon
Best DirectorWon
1981Cannes Film FestivalPalme d’OrHeaven’s GateNominated
1982Golden Raspberry AwardWorst DirectorWon
1986César AwardsBest Foreign FilmYear of the DragonNominated
1986Golden Raspberry AwardWorst DirectorNominated
Worst ScreenplayNominated
1996Cannes Film FestivalPalme d’OrThe SunchaserNominated
(via Wikipedia)

That’s one heck of a run. To go from two Oscars to a Palme d’Or, followed by a Razzie in the space of 3 years? And then both a Best Foreign Film nomination and two more Razzie nominations in the same year for the same film? It’s oddly admirable.

In contrast, check out the legendary career of John Cazale.

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