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Plot, Details & Awards

Aliens

R In Theaters 07/18/1986 , 138min.
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Plot & Details

Big-budget special effects, swiftly paced action, and a distinct feminist subtext from writer/director James Cameron turned what should have been a by-the-numbers sci-fi sequel into both a blockbuster and a seven-time Oscar nominee. Sigourney Weaver returns as Ellen Ripley, the last surviving crew member of a corporate spaceship destroyed after an attack by a vicious, virtually unbeatable alien life form. Adrift in space for half a century, Ripley grapples with depression until she's informed by her company's representative, Carter Burke (Paul Reiser) that the planet where her crew discovered the alien has since been settled by colonists. Contact with the colony has suddenly been lost, and a detachment of colonial marines is being sent to investigate. Invited along as an advisor, Ripley predicts disaster, and sure enough, the aliens have infested the colony, leaving a sole survivor, the young girl Newt (Carrie Henn). With the soldiers picked off one by one, a final all-female showdown brews between the alien queen and Ripley, who's become a surrogate mother to Newt. Several future stars made early career appearances in Aliens (1986), including Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, and Reiser.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Graham Hartstone Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Michael Carter Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Crispian Sallis Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Peter Lamont Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Sigourney Weaver Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Ray Lovejoy Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Bob Skotak Won
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Effects Don Sharpe Won
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Suzanne Benson Won
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Stan Winston Won
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects John Richardson Won
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Roy Charman Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Nicolas Le Messurier Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Score James Horner Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Sound Award Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Visual Effects Award Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Makeup Award Peter Robb-King Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Peter Lamont Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Sigourney Weaver Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Sound Award Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Visual Effects Award Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Makeup Award Peter Robb-King Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Peter Lamont Nominated
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