List of accolades received by Wild at Heart

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Accolades received by Wild at Heart
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Lynch at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival

Total number of wins and nominations
Totals 2 6
Footnotes

Wild at Heart is a 1990 American road movie written and directed by David Lynch, and starring Laura Dern, Nicolas Cage, Diane Ladd and Willem Dafoe. The film is based on the 1989 book Wild at Heart: The Story of Sailor and Lula by American author Barry Gifford. Although a moderate success upon release—earning $14.5 million in the United States[1]—the film has attracted mixed reviews from critics.[2][3]

After young drifter Sailor (Cage) is released from prison for killing a man in self-defence, his girlfriend Lula (Dern) joins him on a road trip to escape Lula's mother Marietta (Ladd). Marietta, however, has hired gangsters to pursue the couple, who soon run out of money whilst on the run. Desperate for cash, Sailor is convinced to attempt an armed robbery alongside criminal Bobby Peru (Dafoe), eventually ending up imprisoned once more.

Wild at Heart made its première at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or, by a jury led by Bernardo Bertolucci.[4] However, the film's success at Cannes did not lead to much attention during the following year's award season, with only Diane Ladd's supporting role garnering nominations at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards, although neither of these nominations led to a win. The film's sound production was met with a British Academy Film Awards nomination for Best Sound, which was also unsuccessful; whilst the 1991 Independent Spirit Awards saw Willem Dafoe miss out on the award for Best Supporting Male, and frequent Lynch cinematographer Frederick Elmes winning for Best Cinematography.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Recipient Result
Academy Awards 1991 Best Supporting Actress[5] Diane Ladd Nominated
British Academy Film Awards 1991 Best Sound[6] Randy Thom, Richard Hymns, Jon Huck & David Parker Nominated
Cannes Film Festival 1990 Palme d'Or[7] Won
Golden Globe Awards 1991 Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture[8] Diane Ladd Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards 1991 Best Cinematography[9] Frederick Elmes Won
Best Supporting Male[9] Willem Dafoe Nominated

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