Oscar Movies: Silence of Lambs, The (1991)


(Strong Heart/Demme Production)

Oscar Nominations: 7

Picture, produced by Edward Saxon, Keneth Utt and Ron Bozman
Director: Jonathan Demme
Screenplay (Adapted): Ted Tally
Actor: Anthony Hopkins
Actress: Jodie Foster
Sound: Tom Fleischman and Christopher Newman
Film Editing: Craig McKay

Oscar Awards: 5


Oscar Context

At Oscar time, “Silence of the Lambs” swept all the major awards: Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, and Adapted Screenplay. In only three times in the entire Academy's history, a single film has been recognized in all top categories: It Happened One Night in 1934, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest in 1975, and now Silence of the Lambs.

In 1991, “Silence of the Lambs” competed for the Best Picture Oscar with Disney animated feature “Beauty and the Beast”; Warren Beatty' star vehicle, the crime-gangster bio “Bugsy”; Oliver Stone's paranoid bio-thriller “JFK”; and Barbra Streisand's therapeutic romantic melodrama “”The Prince of Tides.”

The Sound Oscar went to “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” and the editing to “JFK,” to Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scala.