The Lion in Winter
- Original title
The Lion in Winter
- Running time
- 135 min.
- United States
James Goldman (Theater: James Goldman)
Avco Embassy Pictures Release
Drama | Middle Ages. 12th Century
- Synopsis / Plot
- Christmas 1183--an aging and conniving King Henry II plans a reunion where he hopes to name his successor. He summons the following people for the holiday: his scheming but imprisoned wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine; his mistress, Princess Alais, whom he wishes to marry; his three sons (Richard, Geoffrey, and John), all of whom desire the throne; and the young but crafty King Philip of France (who is also Alais' brother). With the fate of Henry's empire at stake, everybody engages in their own brand of deception and treachery to stake their claim.
: 3 Oscar: Actress (ex-aequo: Katharine Hepburn), Adapted Screenplay, OST. 7 Nominations
: Golden Globes: Best Movie and Actor - Drama (Peter O'Toole). 7 nominations
: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Film. 3 Nominations
: BAFTA Awards: Best Actress (Hepburn) & Best Music. 7 Nominations
: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Best Director
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Drama Screenplay
: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Production
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