List of accolades received by David Lynch

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Accolades received by David Lynch
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Lynch at the 42nd Primetime Emmy Awards

Total number of wins and nominations
Totals 24 47
Total number of accolades
Total 2
Footnotes

David Keith Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed his own unique cinematic style, which has been dubbed "Lynchian",[1] and which is characterized by its dream imagery and meticulous sound design. Indeed, the surreal and in many cases violent elements to his films have earned them the reputation that they "disturb, offend or mystify" their audiences.[2]

Lynch's oeuvre encompasses work in both cinema and television. His films include The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, The Straight Story, and perhaps his most critically successful film, 2001's Mulholland Drive; whilst his television debut, Twin Peaks, earned five Emmy Award nominations for its first season.

In the course of his career, Lynch has received multiple awards and nominations. Amongst these are three Academy Award nominations for Best Director, and a nomination for best screenplay. Lynch has twice won France's César Award for Best Foreign Film, as well as the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival. The French government has awarded him the Legion of Honour, the country's top civilian distinction, honoring him first as a Chevalier in 2002 and then as an Officier in 2009; Lynch has also been awarded the key to the city of Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Films[edit]

The Elephant Man[edit]

The Elephant Man is a 1980 American drama film based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London. The film was directed by Lynch, who wrote the screenplay with Eric Bergren and Christopher De Vore.[3] It stars John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Michael Elphick, Hannah Gordon, and Freddie Jones.

Award Year Category Notes Result
Academy Awards[4] 1981 Best Director Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Nominated
British Academy Film Awards[5] 1981 Best Direction Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated with Christopher De Vore and Eric Bergren Nominated
César Awards[6] 1982 Best Foreign Film Won
Directors Guild of America Awards[7] 1981 Outstanding Directing Nominated
Golden Globe Awards[8] 1981 Best Director Nominated

Blue Velvet[edit]

Blue Velvet is a 1986 American mystery film written and directed by Lynch. The movie exhibits elements of both film noir and surrealism.[9][10] The film features Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, and Laura Dern.

Award Year Category Notes Result
Academy Awards[11] 1987 Best Director Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics[12] 1987 Best Director Tied with Oliver Stone for Platoon Won
Golden Globe Awards[8] 1987 Best Screenplay Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards[13] 1987 Best Director Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards[14] 1987 Best Director Won
National Society of Film Critics Awards[15] 1986 Best Director Won

Wild at Heart[edit]

Wild at Heart is a 1990 American film written and directed by Lynch, and based on Barry Gifford's 1989 novel Wild at Heart.[16] The film star Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern and Diane Ladd; and tells the story of Sailor Ripley and Lula Pace Fortune, a young couple from Cape Fear, North Carolina who go on the run from her domineering mother.

Award Year Category Result
Cannes Film Festival[17] 1990 Palme d'Or Won

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me[edit]

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me is a 1992 American psychological horror film directed by Lynch, who co-wrote the screenplay with Robert Engels. The film stars Sheryl Lee, Moira Kelly, David Bowie, Chris Isaak, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Wise and Kyle MacLachlan; and can be viewed as both prologue and epilogue to the television series Twin Peaks, created by Lynch and Mark Frost.[18][19]

Award Year Category Result
Cannes Film Festival[20] 1992 Palme d'Or Nominated

The Straight Story[edit]

The Straight Story is a 1999 film directed by Lynch. The film was edited and produced by Mary Sweeney, who also co-wrote the script with John E. Roach. The film stars Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek and Harry Dean Stanton. The Straight Story is based on the true story of Alvin Straight's journey across Iowa and Wisconsin on a lawnmower.[21]

Award Year Category Result
Bodil Awards[22] 2000 Best American Film Won
Cannes Film Festival[23] 1999 Palme d'Or Nominated
European Film Awards[24] 1999 Screen International Award for a Non-European Film Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards[25] 2000 Best Director Nominated

Mulholland Drive[edit]

Mulholland Drive is a 2001 American neo-noir psychological thriller written and directed by Lynch, starring Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, and Laura Harring. The film tells the story of an aspiring actress named Betty Elms, newly arrived in Los Angeles, California, who meets and befriends an amnesiac hiding in her aunt's apartment. The story includes several other seemingly unrelated vignettes that eventually connect in various ways, as well as some surreal scenes and images that relate to the cryptic narrative.[26]

Award Year Category Notes Result
Academy Awards[27] 2002 Best Director Nominated
American Film Institute[28] 2002 Best Director Nominated
Bodil Awards[22] 2003 Best American Film Won
Boston Society of Film Critics[12] 2002 Best Director Won
Cannes Film Festival 2001 Best Director[17] Tied with Joel Coen for The Man Who Wasn't There Won
Palme d'Or[29] Nominated
César Award[6] 2002 Best Foreign Film Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards[30] 2002 Best Director Won
Golden Globe Awards[8] 2002 Best Director Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards[31] 2002 Best Director Won
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards[32] 2001 Best Director Won

Inland Empire[edit]

Inland Empire is a 2006 mystery film. The film stars Laura Dern, Justin Theroux, Harry Dean Stanton, Grace Zabriskie, Jeremy Irons and Diane Ladd. While remaking a Polish film that was abandoned after a mysterious tragedy, an actress finds herself falling for a fellow cast member and realises that her life is starting to echo the plot of their production.[33]

Award Year Category Result
National Society of Film Critics[15] 2007 Best Experimental Film Won
Venice Film Festival[34] 2006 Future Film Festival Digital Award Won

Television[edit]

Twin Peaks[edit]

Twin Peaks is an American television serial drama created by Lynch and Mark Frost. The series follows the investigation headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), of the murder of a popular teenager and homecoming queen, Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). Twin Peaks features a large ensemble cast, including Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Richard Beymer, Lara Flynn Boyle, Joan Chen, Eric Da Re, Sherilyn Fenn, Warren Frost, Harry Goaz, Michael Horse, Piper Laurie, Peggy Lipton, James Marshall, Everett McGill, Jack Nance, Kimmy Robertson, Russ Tamblyn, Kenneth Welsh and Ray Wise.[35]

Award Year Category Result
Emmy Awards[36] 1990 Outstanding Achievement in Main Title Theme Music Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics Nominated
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Drama Series Nominated

Other film awards[edit]

Award Year Category Notes Result
American Film Institute[37] 1991 Schnaffer Alumni Medal Won
Camerimage 2000 Award for the Director with Special Visual Sensitivity[38] Won
Award for Director–Cinematographer Duo[38] Won with Fred Elmes Won
2003 Order for the Contribution to Polish Culture[39] Won
2012 Lifetime Achievement Award[40] Won
Independent Spirit Awards[41] 2007 Special Distinction Award Won with Laura Dern Won
Stockholm Film Festival[42] 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award Won
Venice Film Festival[43] 2006 Leone d’Oro Won

Other accolades[edit]

Lynch has also been honored by the French government with induction into the Legion of Honour, first being honored as a Chevalier (knight) in 2002,[44] and again as an Officier (officer) in 2009.[44] In 2012, Lynch was presented with the key to the city of Bydgoszcz, Poland, by the city's mayor Rafał Bruski. The presentation was part of that year's Plus Camerimage festival.[40]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Lynch and Rodley, pp. 109 & 192.
  2. ^ Lynch and Rodley, p. 245.
  3. ^ Rodley and Lynch, pp. 88–107
  4. ^ "53rd Academy Awards Winners | Oscar Legacy". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Awards Database – The BAFTA site". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Académie des César". Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma. Retrieved 16 October 2011.  Site does not support direct linking to search results. Search "David Lynch" for results.
  7. ^ "Awards / History / 1980 – 33rd Annual DGA Awards". Directors Guild of America Award. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c "HFPA – Awards Search". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Atkinson, p. 2
  10. ^ Rubin, p. 175
  11. ^ "59th Academy Awards Winners | Oscar Legacy". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  12. ^ a b "BSFC past winners". Boston Society of Film Critics. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Spirit Awards 26 years of nominees and winners" (PDF). Independent Spirit Awards. p. 40. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "LAFCA". Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  15. ^ a b "Past Awards << National Society of Film Critics". National Society of Film Critics. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  16. ^ Rodley and Lynch, p. 194
  17. ^ a b "Festival de Cannes 1990". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  18. ^ Kempley, Rita (August 29, 1992). "'Twin PeaksL Fire Walk With Me' (R)". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  19. ^ Devlin and Biderman, p. 18
  20. ^ "Festival de Cannes 1992". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  21. ^ Todd, p. 126
  22. ^ a b "Amerikanske film" (in Danish). Danish Union of Film Critics. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  23. ^ "Festival de Cannes – From 16 to 27 may 2012". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  24. ^ "European Film Awards – Straight Story". European Film Academy. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  25. ^ "Spirit Awards: 26 Years of Nominees and Winners" (PDF). Independent Spirit Awards. p. 24. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  26. ^ Ebert, Roger (October 12, 2001). "Mulholland Drive :: Reviews". RogerEbert.com, The Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved March 5, 2012. 
  27. ^ "74th Academy Awards Winners | Oscar Legacy". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  28. ^ "Announces Nominations for “AFI Awards 2001”" (PDF). American Film Institute. p. 2. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  29. ^ "Festival de Cannes – From 16 to 27 may 2012". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  30. ^ "Chicago Film Critics Awards – 1998-07". Chicago Film Critics Association. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  31. ^ "LAFCA". Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  32. ^ "torontofilmcritics.com >> TFCA Awards 2001". Toronto Film Critics Association. 21 December 2001. Archived from the original on 13 April 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  33. ^ Leigh, Danny (March 9, 2007). "What is David Lynch's Inland Empire about? | Film". The Guardian. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  34. ^ "Future Film Festival - Premio Future Film Festival Digital Award – 65. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica" (in Italian). Future Film Festival, Venice Film Festival. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  35. ^ Anthony, Andrew (March 21, 2010). "Twin Peaks: How Laura Palmer's death marked the rebirth of TV drama | Feature | Television & Radio". The Guardian. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  36. ^ "Primetime Emmy® Award Database | Emmys.com". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  37. ^ "AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center". American Film Institute. 2004. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  38. ^ a b "Plus Camerimage – Plus Camerimage Awards". Camerimage. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  39. ^ "Plus Camerimage – Plus Camerimage Awards". Camerimage. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  40. ^ a b Rosser, Michael (November 25, 2012). "David Lynch and Keanu Reeves open Plus Camerimage | News". Screen International. Top Right Group. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  41. ^ "Laura Dern | Film Independent". Independent Spirit Awards. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  42. ^ "Awards and Winners – Stockholms filmfestival". Stockholm Film Festival. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  43. ^ "La Biennale di Venezia – The awards of the Venice Film Festival". Venice Film Festival. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  44. ^ a b Associated Press (11 February 2009). "The Police Knighted In France – CBS News". CBS News. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 

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