awards & nominations

A Little Romance (1979)

Laurence Olivier as "Julius"

Intellectually precocious teenager Lauren King (Diane Lane) lives in Paris with her somewhat ditzy mother (Sally Kellerman). On a movie set, she strikes up a friendship with teenage film buff Daniel Michon (Thelonious Bernard). After Lauren's mother forbids her to date the outspoken Daniel, the young lovebirds team up with eccentric pickpocket Julius (Laurence Olivier) to run away to Venice, where, according to legend, a couple who kiss under the Bridge of Sighs will stay together forever.

Golden Globe (1979)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

The Boys From Brazil (1978)

Laurence Olivier as "Ezra Lieberman"

Dr. Josef Mengele (Gregory Peck) clones Hitler 95 times, and hopes to raise the resulting boys in Brazil, giving them childhoods identical to Hitler's. His ultimate plan is to create a band of Nazi leaders that can continue where Hitler left off, forming the Fourth Reich. Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier), a Nazi hunter, learns of the plan and is determined to thwart it. When the two meet face-to-face in the home of one of the Hitler clones, it is up to the boy to choose who he will assist.

Academy Award (1978)NominatedActor in a Leading Role

Marathon Man (1976)

Laurence Olivier as "Dr. Christian Szell"

Thomas "Babe" Levy (Dustin Hoffman) is a Columbia graduate student and long-distance runner who is oblivious to the fact that his older brother, Doc (Roy Scheider), is a government agent chasing down a Nazi war criminal (Laurence Olivier) -- that is, until Doc is murdered and Babe finds himself knee-deep in a tangle of stolen gems and sadistic madmen. Even his girlfriend, Elsa (Marthe Keller), becomes a suspect as everything Babe believed to be true is suddenly turned upside down.

Academy Award (1976)NominatedActor in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe (1976)WonBest Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)

Laurence Olivier as "Field Marshal Sir John French"

World War I gets the musical treatment in a series of a song-and-dance vignettes. Throughout it follows the Smith family -- stand-ins for the British working class -- who initially view the war with sunny optimism. But after the Smith boys -- Jack[C26], Freddie[C27], Harry[C24]and George[C25]-- witness the reality of trench warfare, their illusions are shattered, and the best they can hope for is survival.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1969)WonSupporting Actor

The Entertainer (1960)

Laurence Olivier as "Archie Rice"

London schoolteacher Jean Rice (Joan Plowright) returns to her seaside resort hometown at a time of personal crisis. Her father, Archie (Laurence Olivier), is a star on the music hall circuit, but, in the television age, that old-fashioned entertainment is dying out. His second wife, Phoebe (Brenda De Banzie), is openly contemptuous of her husband's many affairs, and his son, Mick (Albert Finney), is a soldier fighting in the Suez. Despite Archie's unflagging optimism, tragic events unfold.

Academy Award (1960)NominatedActor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1960)NominatedBritish Actor

Spartacus (1960)

Laurence Olivier as "Marcus Licinius Crassus"

The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion. As the rebels move from town to town, their numbers swell as escaped slaves join their ranks. Under the leadership of Spartacus, they make their way to southern Italy, where they will cross the sea and return to their homes.

Golden Globe (1960)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama