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Plot, Details & Awards

Women in Love

(1969)
R In Theaters 08/23/1969 , 129min.
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Plot & Details

Women in Love is set in 1920s England, where free-spirited artist Gudrun (Glenda Jackson) and her schoolteacher sister Ursula (Jennie Linden) make the acquaintance of lifelong friends Gerald (Oliver Reed) and Rupert (Alan Bates). The foursome attends a picnic in honor of a pair of newlyweds, who put a damper on the proceedings (literally!) by drowning in a nearby lake. Evidently unscathed by this tragedy, Gerald and Rupert participate in a nude wrestling match later that evening (this was the sequence that got the most press, thanks to fleeting glimpses of the male stars' privates). Gerald marries Gudrun, Rupert weds Ursula, and the foursome embarks upon a Swiss honeymoon. The holiday is marred by infidelity and sudden death, leaving Rupert to wonder aloud just what it is that makes men and women "tick." An Academy Award went to Glenda Jackson, while nominations were bestowed upon screenwriter Larry Kramer and cinematographer Billy Williams (who received an uncredited assist from director Ken Russell).

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Billy Williams Nominated
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Glenda Jackson Won
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Larry Kramer Nominated
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Ken Russell Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1969 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Ken Russell Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1970 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Film - English Language Won
1970 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Ken Russell Nominated
1970 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Glenda Jackson Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1969 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Picture Ken Russell Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1970 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated
1970 National Board of Review Best Actress Glenda Jackson Won

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1970 National Society of Film Critics Best Actress Glenda Jackson Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1970 New York Film Critics Circle Best Actress Glenda Jackson Won

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