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Sense And Sensibility

(1995)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements.

PG In Theaters 12/13/1995 , 136min.
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Plot & Details

The recipient of seven Oscar® nominations, this film version of Jane Austen's classic 1811 novel stars Emma Thompson as Elinor Dashwood. With her mother and sisters, Elinor struggles financially after the death of her father, who bequeathed the Dashwood estate to his oafish son by an earlier marriage. While sorting out the family's affairs, the shy, self-sacrificing Elinor secretly falls for her stepbrother-in-law, Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant), a sensitive, well-educated bachelor who cannot court her because of his foolhardy youthful engagement to the greedy Lucy Steele (Imogen Stubbs). The grateful Dashwoods are offered a modest country home by family friends, which they accept. Once relocated, Elinor's brash, spirited sister Marianne (Kate Winslet) falls for a dashing local, John Willoughby (Greg Wise), a womanizer who nevertheless seems to share her affections. A prominent neighbor, Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman), also falls in love with Marianne, but she is oblivious to the older man's affections. Eventually, Willoughby fails Marianne, breaking her heart, until she realizes Brandon's feelings. When Edward's family disowns him, Lucy marries his brother instead, leaving him free to pursue an exultant Elinor. Thompson won the film's sole Oscar® for her screenplay adaptation of Austen's novel.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Kate Winslet Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Dramatic Score Patrick Doyle Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Michael Coulter Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Lindsay Doran Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design John Bright Nominated
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Emma Thompson Won
1995 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Emma Thompson Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Emma Thompson Nominated
1995 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Ang Lee Nominated
1995 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Kate Winslet Nominated
1995 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Patrick Doyle Nominated
1995 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Emma Thompson Won
1995 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Won

Berlin International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1996 Berlin International Film Festival Golden Bear Won

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Emma Thompson Won
1995 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 Directors Guild of America Best Director Ang Lee Nominated

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Screenplay Emma Thompson Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 National Board of Review Best Director Ang Lee Won
1995 National Board of Review Best Picture Won
1995 National Board of Review Best Actress Emma Thompson Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1995 New York Film Critics Circle Best Director Ang Lee Won
1995 New York Film Critics Circle Best Screenplay Emma Thompson Won

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