Oscar Movies: Dances With Wolves (1990)

Orion
(Tig Production)

Nominations: 12

Picture, produced by Jim Wilson and Kevin Costner
Director: Kevin Costner
Actor: Kevin Costner
Supporting Actor: Graham Greene
Supporting Actress: Mary McDonnell
Screenplay (Adapted): Michael Blake
Cinematography: Dean Semler
Art Direction-Set Decoration: Jeffrey Beecroft; Lisa Dean
Costume Design: Elsa Zamparelli
Sound: Jeffrey Perkins, Bill W. Benton, Greg Watkins, and Russell Williams II
Original Score: John Barry
Editing: Neil Travis

Awards: 7

Picture
Director
Screenplay (Adapted)
Cinematography
Sound
Original Score
Editing

Oscar Context

Sweeping most of the Oscars in 1990, “Dances With Wolves” received 12 nominations, that largest that year. Kevin Costner's Western competed with two crime films: Coppola's “The Godfather: Part III” and Scorsese's “GoodFellas,” each of which got 6 nominations.

The other two nominees for Best Picture were Penny Marshall's melodrama “Awakenings” and the spiritual romantic drama “Ghost,” the most commercially successful of the five nominated films.