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'Indiana Jones' mystery: Why can't Harrison Ford win awards like Steven Spielberg?

May 24, 2008 | 11:06 am

With the success of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford are again on quests for awards gold. That's quite a combo considering their separate accomplishments — Spielberg ("Jaws," "E.T.," "Schinder's List," "Jurassic Park," etc.) and Ford ("Star Wars," "Blade Runner," "The Fugitive," "Witness").

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Behind the camera, Spielberg is the biggest movie-maker in history, of course. In front of the camera, Ford is the among the five actors — with Samuel L. Jackson, Eddie Murphy, Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise — whose films have grossed the most ever.

But when you compare the golden prizes that Spielberg and Ford have earned separately from the industry — well, they really don't compare. Spielberg's won two Oscars for directing "Saving Private Ryan" and "Schindler's List" and had four other nominations for helming. He won best picture once ("Schindler's List") and was nommed four other times as producer.

He has won two Golden Globes, three DGA plaques, three primetime Emmys, two L.A. Film Critics Association kudos plus two from the National Society of Film Critics (but nothing from those snooty New York film critics – interesting, eh?).

Ford was nominated by Oscar voters only once ("Witness"). He's never even won a Golden Globe (he had to settle for the honorary Cecil B. DeMille Award). The only major showbiz prizes he's ever claimed are a few People's Choice Awards and one lousy MTV Movie Award. Here's his (short) list of his top honors (or near-honors).

Hmmmm. This injustice sounds like a job for Indiana Jones, don't it?

ACADEMY AWARDS
"Witness," best actor, 1985 (nominee)

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BAFTA AWARDS
"Witness," best actor, 1985 (nominee)

GOLDEN GLOBES
Cecil B. DeMille Award, 2001 (honorary)
"Sabrina," best actor, comedy/musical, 1996 (nominee)
"The Fugitive," best actor, drama, 1993 (nominee)
"The Mosquito Coast," best actor, drama, 1986 (nominee)
"Witness," best actor, drama, 1985 (nominee)

MTV MOVIE AWARDS
"Air Force One," best fight (with Gary Oldman), 1997 (nominee)
"The Fugitive," best on-screen duo (with Tommy Lee Jones), 1993 (winner)
"The Fugitive," best male performance, 1993 (nominee)

PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS
2000 – Favorite Motion Picture Actor (winner)
1999 – Favorite All-Time Movie Star (winner)
1998 – Favorite Motion Picture Actor (winner)


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