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Plot, Details & Awards

Apocalypto

Rated R for sequences of graphic violence and distrubing images.

R In Theaters 12/8/2006 , 138min.
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Plot & Details

As the foundation of the Mayan civilization begins to crumble, one man's previously idyllic existence is forever changed when he is chosen as a sacrifice needed to appease the gods in director Mel Gibson's mythic, end-times adventure. The Mayan kingdom is at the absolute height of opulence and power, but leaders are convinced that unless more temples are constructed and more human sacrifices made, the crops, and ultimately the people, will suffer. Jaguar Paw (Rudy Youngblood) is a peaceful hunter from a remote forest tribe whose life is about to be changed forever. When Jaguar Paw's village is raided and he is prepared as a sacrifice that the Mayan deities have demanded, the brave young hunter is forced to navigate a horrific new world of fear and oppression. Fearlessly determined to escape his captors and save his family from a harrowing demise, Jaguar Paw prepares to risk it all in one final, desperate attempt to preserve his dying way of life. However, few who have seen the sacrificial alter of the Mayans have managed to live to see another day. Now, in order to rescue his pregnant wife and young son, Jaguar Paw will have to elude the most powerful warriors of the Mayan kingdom while using his vast knowledge of the forest to turn the tables on those who would rather see him dead than set free. Inspired by such ancient Mayan texts as the Popul Vuh, Apocalypto marks a comprehensive collaboration between director Gibson, Cambridge-educated screenwriter Farhad Safinia, and world-renowned archeologist and Mayan culture expert Dr. Richard D. Hansen -- whose services as a special consultant on the film lent the production an unprecedented degree of historical accuracy.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing Greg P. Russell Nominated
2006 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Vittorio Sodano Nominated
2006 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Aldo Signoretti Nominated
2006 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Editing Sean McCormack Nominated
2006 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing Fernando Camara Nominated
2006 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Editing Kami Asgar Nominated
2006 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Mixing Kevin O'Connell Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Dean Semler Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Dean Semler Won

London Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2006 London Film Critics Association Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

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