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Plot, Details & Awards

Out of Africa

PG In Theaters 12/19/1985 , 161min.
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Plot & Details

Out of Africa is drawn from the life and writings of Danish author Isak Dinesen, who during the time that the film's events occured was known by her married name, Karen Blixen-Flecke. For convenience's sake, Karen (Meryl Streep) has married Baron Bor Blixen-Flecke (Klaus Maria Brandauer). In 1914, the Baron moves himself and his wife to a plantation in Nairobi, then leaves Karen to her own devices as he returns to his womanizing and drinking. Soon, Karen has fallen in love with charming white hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford), who prefers a no-strings relationship. A woman who prides herself on her independence, Blixen finds herself unhappily in thrall to a aloof man -- and doubly unhappy for living out such a cliché situation. Although Redford received a lion's share of criticism for his too-American performance, Streep has rarely been better, and the film's perfectly measured pace is offset by David Watkin's stunning location photography. The movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 7, including Best Picture, Best Director for Sydney Pollack, Best Adapted Screenplay for Kurt Luedtke, and Best Cinematography for Watkin.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Milena Canonero Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Sheldon Kahn Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Frederic Steinkamp Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Peter Handford Won
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Sydney Pollack Won
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Meryl Streep Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Josie MacAvin Won
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Gary Alexander Won
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Larry Stensvold Won
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing William Steinkamp Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Kurt Luedtke Won
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Klaus Maria Brandauer Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Score John Barry Won
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Stephen B. Grimes Won
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography David Watkin Won
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Sydney Pollack Won
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Pembroke J. Herring Nominated
1985 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Chris Jenkins Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Meryl Streep Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Score John Barry Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Sound Award Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography David Watkin Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Klaus Maria Brandauer Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adaptation Kurt Luedtke Won
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Milena Canonero Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Won
1985 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Klaus Maria Brandauer Won
1985 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score John Barry Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Meryl Streep Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Score John Barry Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Sound Award Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography David Watkin Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Klaus Maria Brandauer Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adaptation Kurt Luedtke Won
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design Milena Canonero Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 Directors Guild of America Best Director Sydney Pollack Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Cinematography David Watkin Won
1985 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Actress Meryl Streep Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actor Klaus Maria Brandauer Won
1985 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1985 New York Film Critics Circle Best Cinematography David Watkin Won
1985 New York Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Klaus Maria Brandauer Won

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