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Plot, Details & Awards

Bugsy

Rated R for violence, language and sensuality.

R In Theaters 12/4/1991 , 136min.
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Plot & Details

Bugsy is a character study of mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel wrapped up in a gangster movie. Siegel (Warren Beatty in a flashy performance) arrives in California in the Forties, assigned to oversee the L.A. rackets. He is quickly seduced by both the glamour of Hollywood and actress Virginia Hill (Annette Bening), whom he romances despite being unable to leave his wife and children. Siegel soon has a vision to transform a barren stretch of Nevada desert into an oasis of gambling and entertainment -- the seeds from which Las Vegas was sown. Funded by his gangster bosses, including Meyer Lansky (Ben Kingsley), the flamboyant Siegel sees his budget soar past its original $6 million, a problem compounded by the fact that Virginia has embezzled $2 million of it. In trouble with his superiors, Siegel flies back to L.A. to face the music, telling Virginia to keep the money. He would not live to see his dream of Las Vegas come true. The film is fast-paced and well-directed by Barry Levinson, with an intelligent script by James Toback and excellent support from Kingsley and Harvey Keitel as gangster Mickey Cohen.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Ben Kingsley Nominated
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Albert Wolsky Won
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Nancy Haigh Won
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay James Toback Nominated
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Score Ennio Morricone Nominated
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Mark Johnson Nominated
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Barry Levinson Nominated
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Warren Beatty Nominated
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Dennis Gassner Won
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Harvey Keitel Nominated
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Barry Levinson Nominated
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Warren Beatty Nominated
1991 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Allen Daviau Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Barry Levinson Nominated
1991 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Annette Bening Nominated
1991 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Warren Beatty Nominated
1991 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Won

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Allen Daviau Won

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Berlin International Film Festival In Competition Barry Levinson Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 Directors Guild of America Best Director Barry Levinson Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1990 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Screenplay James Toback Won
1990 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Picture Won
1990 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Director Barry Levinson Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 National Board of Review Best Actor Warren Beatty Won
1991 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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