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Martin Scorsese directed this fast-moving, epic-scale biopic documenting the life and loves one of the most colorful Americans of the 20th century, Howard Hughes. The Aviator follows Hughes (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) as the twentysomething millionaire, having already made a fortune improving the design of oil-drilling bits, comes to Hollywood with an interest in getting into the picture business. It doesn't take long for Hughes, with his passion for airplanes, to jump from producer to director of his first major film project, a World War I air epic called Leonardo DiCaprio, which took three years to complete thanks to the shift from silent to sound filming and Hughes' relentless perfectionism. However, the film was a massive hit, and the eccentric inventor became a mogul in Hollywood, making Jean Harlow (Gwen Stefani) a star and enjoying a romance with Katharine Hepburn (Cate Blanchett). But Hollywood's old-boy network never fully accepted Hughes, and in time his passion for flying began to reclaim his attentions as he began designing new planes, setting air speed records, flying around the world, and risking his life testing aircraft. Hughes also found time to romance Ava Gardner (Kate Beckinsale) and founded his own airline, Trans-World Airlines, though as his ideas became bolder, his approach became more eccentric, and he gained many powerful enemies, including the head of Pan-American Airlines, Juan Trippe (Alec Baldwin), and Senator Ralph Owen Brewster (Alan Alda), who attempted to prove that Hughes' radical design ideas were actually part of an effort to bilk taxpayers for millions of dollars through government contracts. The Aviator's star-studded cast also includes John C. Reilly, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Ian Holm, and Frances Conroy. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 17, 2004

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Howard Shore Best Original Score 2004 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Howard Shore Best Score 2004 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Howard Shore Best Original Score 2004 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Howard Shore Best Film Music 2004 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Joshua Logan Best Screenplay 2004 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Morag Ross Best Makeup and Hair 2004 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Petur Hliddal Best Sound Mixing 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tom Fleischman Best Sound Mixing 2004 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Alan Alda Best Supporting Actor 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Alda Best Supporting Actor 2004 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Cate Blanchett Best Supporting Actress 2004 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Cate Blanchett Best Supporting Actress 2004 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Cate Blanchett Best Supporting Actress [Runner-up] 2004 Winner
Boston Society of Film Critics Cate Blanchett Best Supporting Actress [Runner-up] 2004 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Cate Blanchett Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up) 2004 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cate Blanchett Best Supporting Actress 2004 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Cate Blanchett Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2004 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Cate Blanchett Best Supporting Actress 2004 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Leonardo DiCaprio Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2004 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Leonardo DiCaprio Best Actor 2004 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Leonardo DiCaprio Best Actor 2004 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Leonardo DiCaprio Best Actor 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leonardo DiCaprio Best Actor 2004 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Martin Scorsese Best Director [Runner-up] 2004 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Martin Scorsese Best Director 2004 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Martin Scorsese Best Director 2004 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Martin Scorsese Best Director 2004 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Martin Scorsese Best Director 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Martin Scorsese Best Director 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Mann Best Picture 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Thelma Schoonmaker Best Editing 2004 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Thelma Schoonmaker Best Editing 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Richardson Best Cinematography 2004 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Robert Richardson Best Cinematography 2004 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Robert Richardson Best Cinematography 2004 Nominee
American Society of Cinematographers Robert Richardson Best Cinematography 2004 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts John Logan Best Original Screenplay 2004 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Logan Best Screenplay 2004 Nominee
Writers Guild of America John Logan Best Original Screenplay 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Logan Best Original Screenplay 2004 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sandy Powell Best Costume Design 2004 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Sandy Powell Best Costume Design 2004 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Dante Ferretti Best Production Design 2004 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Dante Ferretti Best Production Design 2004 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dante Ferretti Best Art Direction 2004 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Francesca Lo Schiavo Best Art Direction 2004 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Graham King Best Picture 2004 Nominee

Cast

Leonardo DiCaprio
as Howard Hughes
Cate Blanchett
as Katharine Hepburn
Kate Beckinsale
as Ava Gardner
John C. Reilly
as Noah Dietrich
Alec Baldwin
as Juan Trippe
Alan Alda
as Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster
Ian Holm
as Professor Fitz
Danny Huston
as Jack Frye
Gwen Stefani
as Jean Harlow
Jude Law
as Errol Flynn
Adam Scott
as Johnny Meyer
Matt Ross
as Glenn Odekirk
Kelli Garner
as Faith Domergue
Frances Conroy
as Mrs. Hepburn
Brent Spiner
as Robert Gross
Stanley de Santis
as Louis B. Mayer
Edward Herrmann
as Joseph Breen
Willem Dafoe
as Roland Sweet
Kenneth Walsh
as Dr. Hepburn
J.C. MacKenzie
as Ludlow
Vincent Laresca
as Jorge
Justin Shilton
Chris Ufland
Josie Maran
Nellie Sciutto
as Nadine Henley
Rufus Wainwright
Sam Hennings
Vincent Laresca
as Jorge
Nellie Sciutto
as Nadine Henley

Crew

Martin Scorsese
Director
Charles Evans, Jr.
Producer
Sandy Climan
Producer
Michael Mann
Producer
Graham King
Producer
Leonardo DiCaprio
Producer
John Logan
Screenwriter
Robert Richardson
Cinematographer
Randall Poster
Musical Direction/Supervision
Howard Shore
Composer (Music Score)
Thelma Schoonmaker
Editor
Dante Ferretti
Production Designer
Martin Gendron
Art Director
Réal Proulx
Art Director
Luca Tranchino
Art Director
Michele Laliberte
Art Director
Robert Guerra
Supervising Art Director
Claude Pare
Supervising Art Director
Joseph P. Reidy
Co-producer
Chris Brigham
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Leonardo DiCaprio
Executive Producer
Rick Yorn
Executive Producer
Rick Schwartz
Executive Producer
William J. Law III
Set Designer
Sandy Powell
Costume Designer
Francesca Lo Schiavo
Set Decorator
Petur Hliddal
Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph P. Reidy
First Assistant Director
Lucie Robitaille
Casting
Ellen Lewis
Casting
Jean Frenette
Stunts Coordinator
Eugene Gearty
Supervising Sound Editor
Philip Stockton
Supervising Sound Editor
Rob Legato
Second Unit Director
Rob Legato
Visual Effects Supervisor
Tom Fleischman
Re-Recording Mixer
Philip Pfeiffer
Second Unit Camera
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