List of accolades received by Blue Velvet

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Accolades received by Blue Velvet
Isabella Rossellini David Lynch Cannes.jpg

Lynch and Rossellini at the Cannes Film Festival

Total number of wins and nominations
Totals 12 21

Blue Velvet is a 1986 American mystery film written and directed by David Lynch. The movie exhibits elements of both film noir and surrealism. The film features Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, and Laura Dern. The title is taken from the 1963 Bobby Vinton song of the same name, which is featured in the film. Although initially detested by some mainstream critics, the film has now become widely acclaimed.[1][2]

Blue Velvet was a critical success for Rossellini and Hopper, earning both several awards for their roles—Hopper's portrayal of the film's antagonist Frank Booth earned him six nominations with four wins, and Rossellini was successful in her Independent Spirit Awards nomination for Best Female Lead—while the film also earned Lynch his second Academy Award nomination for Best Director. As an example of a director casting against the norm, Blue Velvet is also noted for re-launching Hopper's career and for providing Rossellini with a dramatic outlet beyond the work as a fashion model and a cosmetics spokeswoman for which she had until then been known.[3]

The film centers on college student Jeffrey Beaumont (MacLachlan), who, returning from a hospital visit to his ill father, discovers a human ear in a field in his hometown of Lumberton. He proceeds to investigate the ear with help from a high school student, Sandy Williams (Dern), who provides him with information and leads from her father, a local police detective. Jeffrey's investigation draws him deeper into his hometown's seedy underworld, and sees him forming a sexual relationship with the alluring torch singer, Dorothy Vallens (Rossellini), and uncovering psychotic criminal Frank Booth (Hopper), who engages in drug abuse, kidnapping, and sexual violence.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year Category Recipient Notes Result
Academy Awards 1987 Best Director[4] David Lynch Nominated
Boston Society of Film Critics 1987 Best Film[5] Won
Best Director[5] David Lynch Tied with Oliver Stone for Platoon Won
Best Cinematography[5] Frederick Elmes Won
Best Supporting Actor[5] Dennis Hopper Tied with Ray Liotta for Something Wild Won
Golden Globe Awards 1987 Best Screenplay[6] David Lynch Nominated
Best Supporting Actor[6] Dennis Hopper Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards 1987 Best Female Lead[7] Isabella Rossellini Won
Best Director[7] David Lynch Nominated
Best Screenplay[7] David Lynch Nominated
Best Cinematography[7] Frederick Elmes Nominated
Best Female Lead[7] Laura Dern Nominated
Best Male Lead[7] Dennis Hopper Nominated
Best Feature[7] Fred C. Caruso Nominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 1987 Best Director[8] David Lynch Won
Best Supporting Actor[8] Dennis Hopper Won
Montreal World Film Festival 1986 Best Actor[9] Dennis Hopper Won
National Society of Film Critics Awards 1986 Best Film[10] Won
Best Director[10] David Lynch Won
Best Supporting Actor[10] Dennis Hopper Won
Best Cinematography[10] Frederick Elmes Won
Sitges Film Festival 1986 Best Film[11] Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Blue Velvet (1986)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2007-06-17. 
  2. ^ "Blue Velvet (1986): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  3. ^ Müller, p.325
  4. ^ "59th Academy Awards Winners – Oscar Legacy". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d "BSFC past winners". Boston Society of Film Critics. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "HFPA - Awards Search". Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2011.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "globes1" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Spirit Awards 26 years of nominees and winners" (PDF). Independent Spirit Awards. p. 40. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "LAFCA". Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "World Film Festival - Prizes 1986". Montreal World Film Festival. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Past Awards << National Society of Film Critics". National Society of Film Critics. Archived from the original on 23 March 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Sitges Film Festival - Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya >> Archives > 1986". Sitges Film Festival. Retrieved January 5, 2012. 


  • Müller, Jürgen (2002). The 25 Greatest Films of the 1980s. Taschen Books. ISBN 3-8228-4783-6. 

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