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Plot, Details & Awards

Schindler's List

(1993)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and actuality violence.

R In Theaters 12/15/1993 , 200min.
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Plot & Details

Based on a true story, Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List stars Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, a German businessman in Poland who sees an opportunity to make money from the Nazis' rise to power. He starts a company to make cookware and utensils, using flattery and bribes to win military contracts, and brings in accountant and financier Itzhak Stern (Ben Kingsley) to help run the factory. By staffing his plant with Jews who've been herded into Krakow's ghetto by Nazi troops, Schindler has a dependable unpaid labor force. For Stern, a job in a war-related plant could mean survival for himself and the other Jews working for Schindler. However, in 1942, all of Krakow's Jews are assigned to the Plaszow Forced Labor Camp, overseen by Commandant Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes), an embittered alcoholic who occasionally shoots prisoners from his balcony. Schindler arranges to continue using Polish Jews in his plant, but, as he sees what is happening to his employees, he begins to develop a conscience. He realizes that his factory (now refitted to manufacture ammunition) is the only thing preventing his staff from being shipped to the death camps. Soon Schindler demands more workers and starts bribing Nazi leaders to keep Jews on his employee lists and out of the camps. By the time Germany falls to the allies, Schindler has lost his entire fortune -- and saved 1,100 people from likely death. Schindler's List was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won seven, including Best Picture and a long-coveted Best Director for Spielberg, and it quickly gained praise as one of the finest American movies about the Holocaust.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Ronald Judkins Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Branko Lustig Won
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Ralph Fiennes Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Janusz Kaminski Won
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Steve Pederson Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Christina Smith Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Allan Starski Won
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Steven Zaillian Won
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Andy Nelson Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Gerald R. Molen Won
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Score John Williams Won
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Liam Neeson Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Steven Spielberg Won
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Anna Sheppard Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Steven Spielberg Won
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Judith A. Cory Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Michael Kahn Won
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Scott Millan Nominated
1993 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Makeup Matthew Mungle Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Ben Kingsley Nominated
1994 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Ralph Fiennes Won
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Ralph Fiennes Won
1994 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Branko Lustig Won
1994 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Gerald R. Molen Won
1994 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Won
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Score John Williams Nominated
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts David Lean Award Steven Spielberg Won
1994 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Steven Spielberg Won
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Steven Zaillian Nominated
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Won
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Liam Neeson Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1993 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Steven Zaillian Won
1993 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Liam Neeson Nominated
1993 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Steven Spielberg Won
1993 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Won
1993 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score John Williams Nominated
1993 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Ralph Fiennes Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Film Institute 100 Greatest American Movies Won

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1993 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Janusz Kaminski Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Ben Kingsley Nominated
1994 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Ralph Fiennes Won
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Supporting Actor Ralph Fiennes Won
1994 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Branko Lustig Won
1994 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Gerald R. Molen Won
1994 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Won
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Score John Williams Nominated
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts David Lean Award Steven Spielberg Won
1994 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Director Steven Spielberg Won
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Adapted Screenplay Steven Zaillian Nominated
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Won
1993 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Actor Liam Neeson Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1993 Directors Guild of America Best Director Steven Spielberg Won

French Academy of Cinema

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 French Academy of Cinema Best Foreign Film Steven Spielberg Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1992 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Janusz Kaminski Won
1992 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Production Design Allan Starski Won
1992 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Picture Won
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