Oscar Movies: Elephant Man, The (1980)


(Brooksfilms Ltd. Productions)

Oscar Nominations: 8

Picture, produced by Jonathan Sanger
Director: David Lynch
Screenplay (Adapted): Christopher DeVore, Eric Bergren, and David Lynch
Actor: John Hurt
Art Direction-Set Decoration: Stuart Craig and Bob cartwright; Hugh Scaife
Original Score: John Morris
Film Editing: Anne V. Coates
Costume Design: Patricia Norris

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context

In 1980, Robert Redford's feature debut “Ordinary People,” which swept the most important Oscars, competed with two superlative films (both in black-and-white): David Lynch's “The Elephant Man,” which received 8 nominations but lost in each one of them, and Scorsese's masterpiece “Raging Bull,” which also received 8 nods, winning two: For Actor Robert DeNiro and for Thelma Schoonmaker's editing.

The other two nominees were the biopic “Coal Miner's Daughter,” and Roman Polanski's literary adaptation “Tess,” which won three technical Oscars out of six nominations.