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The recipient of seven Oscar® nominations, this film version of Jane Austen's classic 1811 novel stars [[Performer~P70692~Emma Thompson~emmathompson]] as Elinor Dashwood. With her mother and sisters, Elinor struggles financially after the death of her father, who bequeathed the Dashwood estate to his oafish son by an earlier marriage. While sorting out the family's affairs, the shy, self-sacrificing Elinor secretly falls for her stepbrother-in-law, Edward Ferrars ([[Performer~P28225~Hugh Grant~hughgrant]]), a sensitive, well-educated bachelor who cannot court her because of his foolhardy youthful engagement to the greedy Lucy Steele ([[Performer~P68849~Imogen Stubbs~imogenstubbs]]). The grateful Dashwoods are offered a modest country home by family friends, which they accept. Once relocated, Elinor's brash, spirited sister Marianne ([[Performer~P198332~Kate Winslet~katewinslet]]) falls for a dashing local, John Willoughby ([[Performer~P199306~Greg Wise~gregwise]]), a womanizer who nevertheless seems to share her affections. A prominent neighbor, Colonel Brandon ([[Performer~P60157~Alan Rickman~alanrickman]]), also falls in love with Marianne, but she is oblivious to the older man's affections. Eventually, Willoughby fails Marianne, breaking her heart, until she realizes Brandon's feelings. When Edward's family disowns him, Lucy marries his brother instead, leaving him free to pursue an exultant Elinor. Thompson won the film's sole Oscar® for her screenplay adaptation of Austen's novel. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:December 13, 1995

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Patrick Doyle Best Original Score 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Patrick Doyle Best Original Dramatic Score 1995 Nominee
National Board of Review Ang Lee Best Director 1995 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Ang Lee Best Director 1995 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ang Lee Best Director 1995 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Ang Lee Best Director 1995 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Emma Thompson Best Screenplay 1994 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Emma Thompson Best Screenplay 1995 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Emma Thompson Best Screenplay 1995 Winner
National Board of Review Emma Thompson Best Actress 1995 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Emma Thompson Best Adapted Screenplay 1995 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Emma Thompson Best Screenplay 1995 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Emma Thompson Best Actress 1995 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Emma Thompson Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Emma Thompson Best Actress 1995 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Kate Winslet Best Supporting Actress 1995 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Kate Winslet Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kate Winslet Best Supporting Actress 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Coulter Best Cinematography 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lindsay Doran Best Picture 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Bright Best Costume Design 1995 Nominee

Cast

Emma Thompson
as Elinor Dashwood
Alan Rickman
as Colonel Brandon
Kate Winslet
as Marianne Dashwood
Hugh Grant
as Edward Ferrars
James Fleet
as John Dashwood
Greg Wise
as John Willoughby
Harriet Walter
as Fanny Dashwood
Richard Lumsden
as Robert Ferrars
Imogen Stubbs
as Lucy Steele
Gemma Jones
as Mrs. Dashwood
Hugh Laurie
as Thomas Palmer
Imelda Staunton
as Charlotte Palmer
Elizabeth Spriggs
as Mrs. Jennings
Oliver Ford Davies
as Doctor Harris
Robert Hardy
as Sir John Middleton
Alexander John
as Curate
Tom Wilkinson
as Mr. Dashwood

Crew

Ang Lee
Director
Lindsay Doran
Producer
Emma Thompson
Screenwriter
Jane Austen
Book Author
Michael Coulter
Cinematographer
Patrick Doyle
Composer (Music Score)
Tim Squyres
Editor
Luciana Arrighi
Production Designer
Andrew Sanders
Art Director
Philip Elton
Art Director
Laurie Borg
Co-producer
James Schamus
Co-producer
Geoff Stier
Associate Producer
Sydney Pollack
Executive Producer
Ian Whittaker
Set Designer
Jenny Beavan
Costume Designer
John Bright
Costume Designer
Tony Dawe
Sound/Sound Designer
Michelle Guish
Casting
Morag Ross
Makeup
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