ACCA 1994: ‘Pulp Fiction’ Takes Home Six From the Community Awards, Hanks and Portman Win Lead Prizes


Announced two weeks ago on the Circuit Breaker podcast, the Awards Circuit Community Awards bestowed their winners for the year 1994.  The Awards Circuit Community Awards is voted on by the readership of, which is comprised of more than 500,000 film enthusiasts from across the globe.

The big winner was “Pulp Fiction” from Quentin Tarantino, which walked away with six ACCA’s including Best Picture.  Tarantino won his very first director’s prize after five nominations that all resulted in either losses or a runner-up mention.  He took home two prizes in total, also repeating his win for Best Original Screenplay with co-writer Roger Avery.  The film also changed Oscar history as Samuel L. Jackson took home Best Supporting Actor over the Academy’s choice of Martin Landau in “Ed Wood.”  The late Sally Menke also won Best Film Editing, won of four women ever to win the coveted prize from the community.  The film also won Cast Ensemble respectively.

Tom Hanks from “Forrest Gump” and Dianne Weist from “Bullets over Broadway” repeated their Oscar wins in Lead Actor and Supporting Actress respectively.  Natalie Portman won her second ACCA for her portrayal in Luc Besson’s “Leon: The Professional.”  It was one of the least carryovers in ACCA history as only one previous nominee was cited by the community.

lionkingiMDB’s #1 ranked film of all-time didn’t go home empty handed.  Frank Darabont‘s “The Shawshank Redemption” took two prizes for Adapted Screenplay and Cinematography by Roger Deakins.

Walt Disney’s “The Lion King” already made history by garnering an acting and directing nomination for an animated feature.  It won two prizes overall for Sound and Original Score.  It was also the runner-up surprisingly in Best Picture and Supporting Actor.

Other winners included Neil Jordan‘s “Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” winning two prizes for Art Direction and Costume Design.  Tim Burton‘s “Ed Wood” picked up an award for Makeup and Hairstyling while “Forrest Gump” picked up an additional prize for Visual Effects.  Jan de Bont’s “Speed” found love in Stunt Ensemble with “Three Colors: Red” winning Foreign Language Film.

Check out the full list of winners below.  If you missed the nominations, you can click here to see them.  You can also see past ACCA winners and nominees by going here.

Make sure to check back in January for ACCA 2016 before we go back in time once again for ACCA 1993 (the year of “Schindler’s List” in the spring).


BEST PICTURE – “Pulp Fiction” (Lawrence Bender)
RUNNER UP: “The Lion King” –

BEST DIRECTOR – Quentin Tarantino (“Pulp Fiction”)
RUNNER UP: Robert Zemeckis – “Forrest Gump”

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE – Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump”)
RUNNER UP: Morgan Freeman – “The Shawshank Redemption”

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE – Natalie Portman (“Leon: The Professional”)
RUNNER UP: Jamie Lee Curtis – “True Lies”

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – Samuel L. Jackson (“Pulp Fiction”)
RUNNER UP: Jeremy Irons – “The Lion King”

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – Dianne Weist (“Bullets over Broadway”)
RUNNER UP: Uma Thurman – “Pulp Fiction”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – Roger Avery & Quentin Tarantino (“Pulp Fiction”)
RUNNER UP: Irene Mecchi, Jonathan Roberts, Linda Woolverton (“The Lion King”)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY –  Frank Darabont (“The Shawshank Redemption”)
RUNNER UP: Eric Roth (“Forrest Gump”)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – Roger Deakins (“The Shawshank Redemption”)
RUNNER UP: John Toll (“Legends of the Fall”)

BEST ART DIRECTION – Dante Ferretti and Malcolm Middleton (“Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles”)
RUNNER UP: *(TIE)* Rom Duffied, Okowita (“Ed Wood”) & Terence Marsh, Peter Landsdown Smith (“The Shawshank Redemption”)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN – Sandy Powell (“Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles”)
RUNNER UP: *(TIE)* – Tim Chappel, Lizzy Gardiner (“The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”) & Betsy Heimann (“Pulp Fiction”)

BEST FILM EDITING – Sally Menke (“Pulp Fiction”)
RUNNER UP: Arthur Schmidt (“Forrest Gump”)

RUNNER UP: “Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles”

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND – “The Lion King” (Walt Disney Pictures)
RUNNER UP: “Speed” (20th Century Fox)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS – “Forrest Gump” (Paramount Pictures)
RUNNER UP: “The Mask”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – Hans Zimmer (“The Lion King”)
RUNNER UP: Thomas Newman (“The Shawshank Redemption”)

BEST CAST ENSEMBLE – John Travolta; Samuel L. Jackson; Uma Thurman; Tim Roth; Harvey Keitel; Ving Rhames; Amanda Plummer; Bruce Willis; Eric Stoltz; Rosanna Arquette (“Pulp Fiction”)
RUNNER UP: Tim Robbins; Morgan Freeman; Bob Gunton; William Sadler; Clancy Brown; Gil Bellows; Mark Rolston; James Whitmore (“The Shawshank Redemption”)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM – “Three Colors: Red” (France)
RUNNER UP: “Eat Drink Man Woman” (Taiwan)

BEST STUNT ENSEMBLE – “Speed” (20th Century Fox)
RUNNER UP: “Pulp Fiction” (Miramax)

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