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Plot, Details & Awards

Chariots of Fire

PG In Theaters 09/25/1981 , 123min.
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Plot & Details

Based on a true story, Chariots of Fire is the internationally acclaimed Oscar-winning drama of two very different men who compete as runners in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a serious Christian Scotsman, believes that he has to succeed as a testament to his undying religious faith. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), is a Jewish Englishman who wants desperately to be accepted and prove to the world that Jews are not inferior. The film crosscuts between each man's life as he trains for the competition, fueled by these very different desires. As compelling as the racing scenes are, it's really the depth of the two main characters that touches the viewer, as they forcefully drive home the theme that victory attained through devotion, commitment, integrity, and sacrifice is the most admirable feat that one can achieve. (Ian Holm was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor in his role as Abrahams' coach), and this powerful film ended up with four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Hugh Hudson Nominated
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Terry Rawlings Nominated
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Score Vangelis Won
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Colin Welland Won
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Ian Holm Nominated
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Milena Canonero Won
1981 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture David Puttnam Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1981 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Ian Holm Won
1981 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Hugh Hudson Won
1981 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Milena Canonero Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1981 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Film Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1981 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Ian Holm Won
1981 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Hugh Hudson Won
1981 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Milena Canonero Won

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1981 Cannes Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Ian Holm Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1981 Directors Guild of America Best Director Hugh Hudson Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1981 National Board of Review Best Picture Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1981 New York Film Critics Circle Best Cinematography David Watkin Won

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