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Room With A View

PG In Theaters 03/7/1986 , 117min.
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Plot & Details

Adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by E.M. Forster, A Room with a View is a shining example of Merchant-Ivory's ability to achieve maximum quality and opulence at minimum cost. Set during the Edwardian Era, the film stars Helena Bonham Carter as Lucy Honeychurch, who like all proper young British ladies is compelled to tour Europe in the company of an older chaperone -- in this instance, her spinster cousin Charlotte Bartlett (Maggie Smith). While in Italy, the ladies make the acquaintance of a wide variety of personalities; the most fascinating of their fellow tourists -- at least in Lucy's eyes -- is free-spirited George Emerson (Julian Sands). Aware that her cousin is becoming too familiar with Emerson, Charlotte demands that Lucy return to England posthaste. Lucy complacently settles for the tiresomely traditional courtship of nerdish Cecil Vyse (Daniel Day-Lewis) -- and then Mr. Emerson moves into the neighborhood. Lucy now finds herself on the horns of a dilemma: Should she opt for a safe, proper marriage to Cecil, or the bohemian unpredictability of the charismatic Emerson? A winner of three Academy Awards, A Room with a View is not what one could call fast-moving, but fans of the Merchant-Ivory team will enjoy luxuriating in the film's leisurely pace and stimulating cast of characters.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Maggie Smith Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Won
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Gianni Quaranta Won
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director James Ivory Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Brian Ackland-Snow Won
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design John Bright Won
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Tony Pierce-Roberts Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Jenny Beavan Won
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Brian Savegar Won
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Ismail Merchant Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Denholm Elliott Nominated
1986 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Elio Altramura Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Maggie Smith Won
1987 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design John Bright Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Simon Callow Nominated
1987 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Brian Ackland-Snow Won
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director James Ivory Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Judi Dench Won
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adaptation Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Sound Award Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Editing Award Humphrey Dixon Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Won
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Denholm Elliott Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Tony Pierce-Roberts Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Rosemary Leach Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Score Richard Robbins Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
1986 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Maggie Smith Won
1986 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director James Ivory Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Tony Pierce-Roberts Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actress Maggie Smith Won
1987 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Costume Design John Bright Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Simon Callow Nominated
1987 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Production Design Brian Ackland-Snow Won
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director James Ivory Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Judi Dench Won
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adaptation Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Sound Award Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Editing Award Humphrey Dixon Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Won
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Denholm Elliott Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Cinematography Tony Pierce-Roberts Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actress Rosemary Leach Nominated
1986 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Score Richard Robbins Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 Directors Guild of America Best Director James Ivory Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film James Ivory Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Won
1986 National Board of Review Best Picture Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1986 New York Film Critics Circle Best Cinematography Tony Pierce-Roberts Won
1986 New York Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor Daniel Day-Lewis Won

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