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Plot, Details & Awards

Braveheart

(1995)

Rated R for brutal medieval warfare.

R In Theaters 09/15/1995 , 177min.
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Plot & Details

Mel Gibson, long-time heartthrob of the silver screen, came into his own as a director with Braveheart, an account of the life and times of medieval Scottish patriot William Wallace and, to a lesser degree, Robert the Bruce's struggle to unify his nation against its English oppressors. The story begins with young Wallace, whose father and brother have been killed fighting the English, being taken into the custody of his uncle, a nationalist and pre-Renaissance renaissance man. He returns twenty years later, a man educated both in the classics and in the art of war. There he finds his childhood sweetheart Murron (Catherine McCormack), and the two quickly fall in love. There are murmurs of revolt against the English throughout the village, but Wallace remains aloof, wishing simply to tend to his crops and live in peace. However, when his love is killed by English soldiers the day after their secret marriage (held secretly so as to prevent the local English lord from exercising the repulsive right of prima noctae, the privilege of sleeping with the bride on the first night of the marriage), he springs into action and single-handedly slays an entire platoon of foot soldiers. The other villagers join him in destroying the English garrison, and thus begins the revolt against the English in what will eventually become full-fledged war. Wallace eventually leads his fellow Scots in a series of bloody battles that prove a serious threat to English domination and, along the way, has a hushed affair with the Princess of Wales (the breathtaking Sophie Marceau) before his imminent demise. For his efforts, Gibson won the honor of Best Director from the Academy; the movie also took home statuettes for Best Picture, Cinematography, Makeup, and Sound Effects.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Peter Frampton Won
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Effects Per Hallberg Won
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Paul Pattison Won
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Brian Simmons Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Steven Rosenblum Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Bruce Davey Won
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Dramatic Score James Horner Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Anna Behlmer Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Alan Ladd, Jr. Won
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Mel Gibson Won
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Scott Millan Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Mel Gibson Won
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography John Toll Won
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Andy Nelson Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Lois Burwell Won
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Effects Lon Bender Won
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Charles Knode Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Randall Wallace Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Mel Gibson Won
1995 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
1995 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Randall Wallace Nominated
1995 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score James Horner Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography John Toll Won

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Director Mel Gibson Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 Directors Guild of America Best Director Mel Gibson Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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