List of accolades received by the Alien film series

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List of accolades received by the Alien film series
Sigourney Weaver 1989 Academy Awards.jpg

Sigourney Weaver has been critically lauded for her portrayal of Ellen Ripley in the Alien film series and has been nominated for both Academy and Golden Globe Awards for her performance in Aliens. Her success is considered as a milestone of the recognition to the science fiction and horror genres.

Total number of wins and nominations
Totals 37 75
Footnotes

Alien is an action/horror film film series created by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett. The series began with the four films Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Alien³ (1992), and Alien: Resurrection (1997). A prequel series directed by Ridley Scott began with Prometheus (2012) and continued with Alien: Covenant (2017). Set between the 21st and 24th centuries, the plot focuses on humanity's violent encounters with a vicious alien life form, with the lead protagonist being Ellen Ripley, a woman determined to stop the creature and prevent the corrupt Weyland-Yutani Corporation from obtaining it for biological weaponry.

The first two installments in the film series were met with universal praise for the technical attributes, as well as Sigourney Weaver's portrayal of the lead, Ellen Ripley, for which she earned nine nominations and two wins (Saturn Award for Best Actress and Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Award).[1] Though the subsequent installments were met with generally mixed reviews, all five films in the Alien film series have been critically lauded for their technical attributes, ranging from recognition of the visual and sound effects, to the design of the recurring alien creature. The Alien Quadrilogy and Alien Anthology DVD and Blu-ray Disc collections have both won medium-specific awards.

Alien[edit]

Organization Award category Recipients and nominees Result
Academy Awards[2] Best Art Direction Michael Seymour, Leslie Dilley, Roger Christian, and Ian Whittaker Nominated
Visual Effects H.R. Giger, Carlo Rambaldi, Brian Johnson, Nick Allder and Denys Ayling Won
British Academy Film Awards Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music Jerry Goldsmith Nominated
Best Costume Design John Mollo Nominated
Best Editing Terry Rawlings Nominated
Best Production Design Michael Seymour Won
Best Supporting Actor John Hurt Nominated
Best Sound Derrick Leather, Jim Shields and Bill Rowe Won
Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Role Sigourney Weaver Nominated
British Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Award Derek Vanlint Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Original Score Jerry Goldsmith Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special Jerry Goldsmith Nominated
Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Won
San Sebastián International Film Festival Best Cinematography and Special Effects Won
Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film Won
Best Actress Sigourney Weaver Nominated
Best Director Ridley Scott Won
Best Writing Dan O'Bannon Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Veronica Cartwright Won
Best Make-up Pat Hay Nominated
Best Special Effects Brian Johnson and Nick Allder Nominated

Aliens[edit]

Organization Award category Recipients and nominees Result
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Awards Top Box Office Film James Horner Won
Academy Awards[1] Best Actress in a Leading Role Sigourney Weaver Nominated
Best Art Direction Peter Lamont and Crispian Sallis Nominated
Best Film Editing Ray Lovejoy Nominated
Best Original Score James Horner Nominated
Best Sound Graham V. Hartstone, Nicolas Le Messurier, Michael A. Carter and Roy Charman Nominated
Best Sound Editing Don Sharpe Won
Best Visual Effects Robert Skotak, Stan Winston, John Richardson and Suzanne Benson Won
British Academy Film Awards[3] Best Sound Don Sharpe, Roy Charman and Graham V. Hartstone Nominated
Best Production Design Peter Lamont Nominated
Best Special Visual Effects Robert Skotak, Brian Johnson, John Richardson and Stan Winston Won
Best Makeup Peter Robb-King Nominated
Artios Awards Best Casting for Feature Film, Drama Mike Fenton, Jane Feindberg and Judy Taylor Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Sigourney Weaver Nominated
Golden Reel Awards Best Sound Editing Don Sharpe Won
Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Won
Japanese Academy Awards Outstanding Foreign Language Film Nominated
Kinema Junpo Awards Readers' Choice Award for Best Foreign Language Film James Cameron Won
Saturn Awards[4] Best Science Fiction Film Won
Best Actor Michael Biehn Nominated
Best Actress Sigourney Weaver Won
Best Supporting Actor Bill Paxton Won
Best Supporting Actress Jenette Goldstein Won
Best Performance by a Younger Actor Carrie Henn Won
Best Director James Cameron Won
Best Writing Won
Best Costume Emma Porteus Nominated
Best Make-Up Peter Robb-King Nominated
Best Special Effects Stan Winston, Robert Skotak and Dennis Skotak Won
Young Artist Awards Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress, Supporting Role in a Feature Film - Comedy, Fantasy or Drama Carrie Henn Nominated

Alien 3[edit]

Organization Award category Recipients and nominees Result
Academy Awards Best Visual Effects Richard Edlund, Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr. and George Gibbs Nominated
British Academy Film Awards Best Special Effects Nominated
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Studio/Big-Budget Film Nominated
Best Actress Sigourney Weaver Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Charles S. Dutton Nominated
Hugo Awards Best Dramatic Presentation Nominated
Golden Reel Awards Best Sound Editing Won
MTV Movie Awards[5] Best Action Sequence Aliens chase through a tunnel Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film Nominated
Best Actress Sigourney Weaver Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Charles S. Dutton Nominated
Best Director David Fincher Nominated
Best Writing David Giler, Walter Hill and Larry Ferguson Nominated
Best Costume Rob Ringwood and David Perry Nominated
Best Special Effects Richard Edlund, Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr. and George Gibbs Nominated

Alien Resurrection[edit]

Organization Award category Recipients and nominees Result
Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Actress - Sci-Fi Sigourney Weaver Nominated
Favorite Supporting Actress - Sci-Fi Winona Ryder Won
Bogey Awards Bogey Award 20th Century Fox Won
Golden Satellite Awards Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature Bill Badalato, Gordon Carroll, David Giler and Walter Hill Nominated
Hasty Pudding Theatricals Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Sigourney Weaver (also for The Ice Storm and Snow White: A Tale of Terror) Won
Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film Nominated
Best Actress Sigourney Weaver Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Winona Ryder Nominated
Best Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet Nominated
Best Costume Rob Ringwood Nominated
Best Special Effects Pitof, Eric Henry, Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff Jr. Nominated
Stinkers Bad Movie Awards[6]
Worst Actress Sigourney Weaver Nominated
Worst Supporting Actress Winona Ryder Nominated
Worst Sequel Nominated
The Sequel Nobody Was Clamoring For Nominated

Prometheus[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2012 Golden Trailer Awards Summer 2012 Blockbuster Trailer Prometheus / "Not Alone", 20th Century Fox, Wild Card Nominated [7]
Best Sound Editing Prometheus, 20th Century Fox, Skip Film Nominated
Key Art Awards Digital "Weyland Industries" website Won [8]
Innovative Media Prometheus Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Art Direction Alex Cameron Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Visual Effects Richard Stammers, Charley Henley and Martin Hill Nominated
Satellite Awards Visual Effects Richard Stammers, Charley Henley and Martin Hill Nominated [9]
Sound (Editing and Mixing) Victor Ray Ennis, Ann Scibelli, John Cucci and Mark P. Stoeckinger Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Noomi Rapace Nominated [10]
Choice Summer Movie – Action Prometheus Nominated
Choice Summer Movie Star – Female Charlize Theron (also for Snow White & the Huntsman) Nominated
2013 Academy Awards Best Visual Effects Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill Nominated [11]
ADG Excellence in Production Design Award Fantasy Film Arthur Max Nominated [12]
BAFTA Awards Special Visual Effects Richard Stammers, Charley Henley, Trevor Wood, Paul Butterworth Nominated [13]
Critic's Choice Award Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie Prometheus Nominated [14]
Golden Reel Awards Best Sound Editing — Sound Effects and Foley in a Feature Film Prometheus Nominated [15]
Visual Effects Society Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture Xavier Bourque, Sam Cole, Simone Riginelli, Denis Scolan for "Engineers & the Orrery" Nominated [16]
Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture Julien Bolbach, Marco Genovesi, Martin Riedel, Marco Rolandi for "LV-233" Nominated
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture Paul Butterworth, Charley Henley, Allen Maris, Richard Stammers for Prometheus Nominated
London Film Critics' Circle Awards Supporting Actor of the Year Michael Fassbender Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film Prometheus Nominated [17]
Best Supporting Actor Michael Fassbender Nominated

Alien: Covenant[edit]

Organization Award category Recipients and nominees Result
Saturn Awards Best Science Fiction Film Nominated

DVD and Blu-ray Disc re-issues[edit]

Alien Quadrilogy[edit]

Organization Award category Recipients and nominees Result
DVD Exclusive Awards DVDX Award for Best Audio Commentary (New for DVD)
Ridley Scott, Ronald Shusett, Terry Rawlings, Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt
(only for Alien)
Won
James Cameron, Michael Biehn, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn, Christopher Henn, Lance Henriksen, Gale Anne Hurd, Pat McClung, Bill Paxton, Dennis Skotak, Robert Skotak and Stan Winston
(only for Aliens)
Nominated
Best Overall DVD, Classic Movie (Including All Extra Features) Charles de Lauzirika Won
Best New Movie Scenes (Finished-Edited Into Movie or Stand-Alone) Charles de Lauzirika and David Crowther
(only for Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection)
Nominated
Sierra Awards Best DVD Won
Satellite Awards Best DVD Extra Nominated
Best Overall DVD Nominated
Saturn Awards Best DVD Collection Nominated

Alien Anthology[edit]

Organization Award category Result
IGN Movie Awards[18] Best Blu-ray Won
Sierra Awards Best DVD Won
Saturn Awards Best DVD Collection Won

See also[edit]

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