Kevin Costner’s career has had its highs and lows: heart-warming baseball flicks and an Oscar-winning directorial debut, but also a share of box-office blunders.
Among Hollywood circles, Costner gained attention in 1983’s “The Big Chill,” even though his flashback scenes as deceased friend Alex ended up on the cutting-room floor. More work followed, and just a few years later Costner found fame in films such as“The Untouchables,” “No Way Out” and “Field of Dreams.” After becoming a household name, he could write his own ticket and in 1990 directed, co-produced and starred in “Dances With Wolves.” The Civil War film about a soldier who befriended the Sioux tribe after living alone on the frontier proved to be Costner’s greatest achievement, winning seven Academy Awards.
The years that followed were filed with ups and downs. Immediate success followed “Dances” with “JFK,” “The Body Guard” and others, but Costner’s career took a tumble soon after. Major flops such as “Water World” and “The Postman” proved more difficult to bounce back from.
Still a major force in the business, Costner continues to direct and produce. Although he still stars in big productions such as “Swing Vote,” it’s his smaller independent films that have gained ground with the critics.
|1990||Best Picture||Dances With Wolves||Win*|
|1990||Best Actor||Dances With Wolves||Nomination|
|1990||Best Director||Dances With Wolves||Win|