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Plot, Details & Awards

Howards End

Rated PG for mild language, violence and sensuality.

PG In Theaters 03/10/1992 , 143min.
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Plot & Details

One of the best Ismail Merchant/James Ivory films, this adaptation of E. M. Forster's classic 1910 novel shows in careful detail the injuriously rigid British class consciousness of the early 20th century. The film's catalyst is "poor relation" Margaret Schlegel (Emma Thompson), who inherits part of the estate of Ruth Wilcox (Vanessa Redgrave), an upper-class woman whom she had befriended. The film's principal characters are divided by caste: aristocratic industrial Henry Wilcox (Anthony Hopkins); middle-echelon Margaret and her sister Helen (Helena Bonham Carter); and working-class clerk Leonard Bast (Sam West) and his wife (Nicola Duffett). The personal and social conflicts among these characters ultimately result in tragedy for Bast and disgrace for Wilcox, but the film's wider theme remains the need, in the words of the novel's famous epigram, to "only connect" with other people, despite boundaries of gender, class, or petty grievance. Filmed on a proudly modest budget, Howards End offers sets, spectacles, and costumes as lavish as in any historical epic. Nominated for 9 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, the film took home awards for Thompson as Best Actress, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala's adapted screenplay, and Luciana Arrighi's art direction.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director James Ivory Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design John Bright Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Emma Thompson Won
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Vanessa Redgrave Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Tony Pierce-Roberts Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Jenny Beavan Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Ismail Merchant Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Luciana Arrighi Won
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Ian Whittaker Won
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Score Richard Robbins Nominated
1992 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts David Lean Award James Ivory Nominated
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture James Ivory Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Emma Thompson Nominated
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design John Bright Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Editing Award Andrew Marcus Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Tony Pierce-Roberts Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Helena Bonham Carter Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Luciana Arrighi Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Samuel West Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Emma Thompson Won
1992 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Nominated
1992 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director James Ivory Nominated
1992 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Tony Pierce-Roberts Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts David Lean Award James Ivory Nominated
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture James Ivory Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Emma Thompson Nominated
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design John Bright Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Editing Award Andrew Marcus Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Tony Pierce-Roberts Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Helena Bonham Carter Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Luciana Arrighi Nominated
1992 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Samuel West Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Cannes Film Festival Special 45th Anniversary Prize James Ivory Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Directors Guild of America Best Director James Ivory Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film James Ivory Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1991 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actress Emma Thompson Won

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