While its legacy remains unquestioned, It may come as a surprise just how many awards Richard Donner’s Superman earned back in the day – A record yet to be surpassed by any other film of the genre?
Superman was nominated for three Academy Awards (Editing, Music (Original Score) and Sound), and received a Special Achievement Award for its visual effects. Richard Donner publicly expressed disgust that Production designer John Barry and cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth had not been recognised. Superman was successful at the 32nd British Academy Film Awards. Reeve won Best Newcomer, while Hackman, Unsworth, Barry and the sound designers earned nominations. The film won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. At The Saturn Awards Kidder, Barry, John Williams and the visual effects department received awards, and the film won Best Science Fiction Film. Reeve, Hackman, Donner, Valerie Perrine and costume designer Yvonne Blake were nominated for their work as well. In addition, Williams was given a nomination at the 36th Golden Globe Awards and won a Grammy Award. In 2007, the Visual Effects Society Superman as the 44th most influential use of visual effects of all time. In 2008, the film also received recognition from the American Film Institute. Superman was selected as the 26th greatest movie hero of all time. The film was considered for AFI’s 100 Years..100 Cheers, but didn’t make it past the ballot. In 2009, Entertainment Weekly ranked Superman 3rd on their list of The All-Time Coolest Heroes in Pop Culture. Listed named it the #174 greatest movie all-time on its list of 500.
From the top; Variety trade ad for the BAFTA’s, two rare stills of Christopher Reeve and Gae Exton at the award ceremony (Gae’s card reads; ‘Awarded to Christopher Reeve’) and a short interview with FX guru Colin Chilvers…