awards & nominations

Too Big to Fail (2011)

William Hurt as "Henry Paulson"

Financial leaders (William Hurt, Billy Crudup) spring into action when the U.S. economy falters in 2008.

Golden Globe (2012)NominatedBest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Emmy (Primetime) (2011)NominatedOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Damages (2007)

William Hurt as "Daniel Purcell"

While still pursuing big litigation cases, high-powered attorney Patty Hewes has been caring for her granddaughter and experiencing a second chance at raising a child. However, that may end when Patty's son, Michael, sues for custody of the little girl. When Patty's protege, Ellen Parsons, agrees to testify as a character witness for Michael at the custody trial, Patty scrambles to prevent her from taking the stand, fearing that Ellen will reveal Patty's secrets. To prevent the testimony, Patty refers Channing McClaren, a famous computer hacker, to Ellen, knowing that she will not be able to resist taking on such a high-profile client having just launched her own firm. When Patty files a lawsuit against McClaren -- whom Ellen has agreed to represent -- the judge in the custody case rules that Ellen cannot take the stand until the McClaren case is resolved.

Golden Globe (2010)NominatedBest Performance by An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Emmy (Primetime) (2009)NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Into the Wild (2007)

William Hurt as "Walt McCandless"

Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), son of wealthy parents (Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt), graduates from Emory University as a top student and athlete. However, instead of embarking on a prestigious and profitable career, he chooses to give his savings to charity, rid himself of his possessions, and set out on a journey to the Alaskan wilderness.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007)NominatedOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

A History of Violence (2005)

William Hurt as "Richie Cusack"

When a pair of petty criminals attempt to rob his small-town diner, Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen) quickly and easily kills them both. In the flush of news coverage of Tom's seemingly heroic actions, a threatening stranger named Carl Fogarty (Ed Harris) comes to town, fingering the unassuming family man as long-missing Philadelphia mobster Joey Cusack. To the horror of his wife, Edie (Maria Bello), and teenage son, Jack (Ashton Holmes), Tom finds he must confront his violent past.

Academy Award (2005)NominatedActor in a Supporting Role

Broadcast News (1987)

William Hurt as "Tom Grunick"

Intelligent satire of American television news. A highly strung news producer finds herself strangely attracted to a vapid anchorman even through she loathes everything he personifies. To make matters worse, her best friend, a talented but not particularly telegenic news reporter, is secretly in love with her.

Academy Award (1987)NominatedActor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (1987)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Children of a Lesser God (1986)

William Hurt as "James Leeds"

Starting his new job as an instructor at a New England school for the deaf, James Leeds (William Hurt) meets Sarah Norman (Marlee Matlin), a young deaf woman who works at the school as a member of the custodial staff. A romance slowly develops between the pair in spite of Sarah's withdrawn emotional state due in part to her difficult relationship with her mother (Piper Laurie). Matlin, who is deaf in real life, won the Academy Award for Best Actress for this, her first film role.

Academy Award (1986)NominatedActor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (1986)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)

William Hurt as "Luis Molina"

In a prison cell somewhere in Latin America, two very different men warily confront each other. Molina (William Hurt) is first seen wrapping his head in a towel, in the shape of a turban, while Valentin (Raul Julia), bearded and classically macho in appearance, watches with a mixture of fascination and revulsion. During the time spent together, the two men come to understand and respect each other.

Academy Award (1985)WonActor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1985)WonActor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (1985)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama