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Plot, Details & Awards

Superman

(1978)
PG In Theaters 12/11/1978 , 150min.
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Plot & Details

Richard Donner's big-budget blockbuster Superman: The Movie is an immensely entertaining recounting of the origin of the famous comic book character. Opening on Krypton (where Marlon Brando plays Superman's father), the film follows the Man of Steel (Christopher Reeve) as he's sent to Earth where he develops his alter-ego Clark Kent and is raised by a Midwestern family. In no time, the movie has run through his teenage years, and Clark gets a job at the Daily Planet, where he is a news reporter. It's there that he falls in love with Lois Lane (Margot Kidder), who is already in love with Superman. But the love story is quickly sidetracked once the villainous Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) launches a diabolical plan to conquer the world and kill Superman. Superman: The Movie is filled with action, special effects and a surprising amount of humor.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Special Achievement Derek Meddings Won
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Special Achievement Colin Chilvers Won
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Special Achievement Les Bowie Won
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Special Achievement Roy Field Won
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Special Achievement Zoran Perisic Won
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Nicolas Le Messurier Nominated
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score John Williams Nominated
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Gordon K. McCallum Nominated
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Stuart Baird Nominated
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Roy Charman Nominated
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Special Achievement Denys Coop Won
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Graham Hartstone Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Most Promising Newcomer Christopher Reeve Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Michael Balcon Award Roy Field Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Michael Balcon Award Les Bowie Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Michael Balcon Award Derek Meddings Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Michael Balcon Award Colin Chilvers Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score John Williams Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Most Promising Newcomer Christopher Reeve Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Michael Balcon Award Roy Field Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Michael Balcon Award Les Bowie Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Michael Balcon Award Derek Meddings Won
1978 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Michael Balcon Award Colin Chilvers Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated
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