Sarah Polley Poster

Awards

Academy Awards, USA

2008 Nominated
Oscar
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Away from Her (2006)

Abu Dhabi Film Festival

2012 Won
Documentary Film Competition
Special Jury Award
Stories We Tell (2012)

"For its intelligent style that shows that real life can sometimes be make-believe, and that ... More

"For its intelligent style that shows that real life can sometimes be make-believe, and that sometimes in films - as in life - lies may have the charming ability to show a higher truth."

Nominated
Black Pearl Award
Best Documentary Feature
Stories We Tell (2012)

ACTRA Awards

2006 Won
ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence

Alliance of Women Film Journalists

2013 Nominated
EDA Female Focus Award
Best Woman Director
Take This Waltz (2011)
Best Woman Screenwriter
Take This Waltz (2011)
2013 Won
EDA Award
Best Documentary Feature Film
Stories We Tell (2012)
Nominated
EDA Female Focus Award
Best Woman Director
Stories We Tell (2012)
Best Woman Screenwriter
Stories We Tell (2012)
2007 Won
EDA Award
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Away from Her (2006)
Won
EDA Special Mention Award
Best Leap from Actress to Director
Away from Her (2006)
Won
EDA Female Focus Award
Best Woman Director
Away from Her (2006)
Women's Image Award
Away from Her (2006)
Nominated
EDA Award
Best Director
Away from Her (2006)
Nominated
EDA Female Focus Award
Best Woman Screenwriter
Away from Her (2006)
Outstanding Achievement by a Woman in the Film Industry
Away from Her (2006)
For directing, writing, and producing Away from Her (2006).

Barcelona Film Awards

2006 Nominated
Barcelona Film Award
Best Actress (Millor Actriu)
The Secret Life of Words (2005)

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

1997 Won
BSFC Award
Best Supporting Actress
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

Bratislava International Film Festival

2013 Won
Best Documentary
Stories We Tell (2012)

"For painting a sensitively layered portrait of the complexities and fragilities of human ... More

"For painting a sensitively layered portrait of the complexities and fragilities of human relationships and the often ephemeral nature of collective and individual memory."


Canadian Comedy Awards

2000 Won
Canadian Comedy Award
Film - Performance - Female
Go (1999)

Canadian Screen Awards, CA

2013 Won
Canadian Screen Award
Best Feature Length Documentary
Stories We Tell (2012)
Shared with:

Central Ohio Film Critics Association

2008 Won
COFCA Award
Breakthrough Film Artist
Away from Her (2006)
For directing and writing.

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

2007 Nominated
CFCA Award
Most Promising Filmmaker
Away from Her (2006)
1998 Nominated
CFCA Award
Best Supporting Actress
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Most Promising Actress
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

Chlotrudis Awards

2014 Nominated
Chlotrudis Award
Best Director
Stories We Tell (2012)
2013 Won
Chlotrudis Award
Best Original Screenplay
Take This Waltz (2011)
Tied with Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola for Moonrise Kingdom (2012).
Nominated
Chlotrudis Award
Best Director
Take This Waltz (2011)
2008 Won
Chlotrudis Award
Best Adapted Screenplay
Away from Her (2006)
Nominated
Chlotrudis Award
Best Actress
The Secret Life of Words (2005)
Best Director
Away from Her (2006)
2004 Won
Chlotrudis Award
Best Actress
My Life Without Me (2003)
2002 Nominated
Chlotrudis Award
Best Supporting Actress
The Claim (2000)
2000 Nominated
Chlotrudis Award
Best Actress
Go (1999)
Guinevere (1999)
1998 Nominated
Chlotrudis Award
Best Actress
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

Cinema Eye Honors Awards, US

2014 Won
Cinema Eye Honors Award
Outstanding Achievement in Direction
Stories We Tell (2012)
Nominated
Cinema Eye Honors Award
Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking
Stories We Tell (2012)
Shared with:
Nominated
Cinema Eye Audience Choice Prize
Stories We Tell (2012)

Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain

2006 Nominated
CEC Award
Best Actress (Mejor Actriz)
The Secret Life of Words (2005)

CinEuphoria Awards

2014 Won
CinEuphoria
Best Documentary - International Competition
Stories We Tell (2012)

Cinéfest Sudbury

2006 Won
Best Canadian First Feature
Away from Her (2006)

CPH:DOX

2012 Nominated
Politiken's Audience Award
Stories We Tell (2012)

Detroit Film Critic Society, US

2012 Nominated
DFCS Award
Best Director
Take This Waltz (2011)
2007 Nominated
DFCS Award
Best Newcomer
Away from Her (2006)
(writer/director)

Directors Guild of America, USA

2014 Nominated
DGA Award
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
Stories We Tell (2012)

Directors Guild of Canada

2013 Won
DGC Team Award
Allan King Award For Excellence in Documentary
Stories We Tell (2012)
Shared with:
2012 Nominated
DGC Craft Award
Direction - Feature Film
Take This Waltz (2011)
2007 Won
DGC Craft Award
Direction - Feature Film
Away from Her (2006)
Won
DGC Team Award
Feature Film
Away from Her (2006)
Shared with:

European Film Awards

2006 Nominated
European Film Award
European Actress
The Secret Life of Words (2005)

Fangoria Chainsaw Awards

2011 Nominated
Chainsaw Award
Best Actress
Splice (2009)
2005 2nd place
Chainsaw Award
Best Actress
Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Festival du nouveau cinéma

2012 Won
Grand Prix Focus
Feature Film
Stories We Tell (2012)

Film Independent Spirit Awards

2000 Nominated
Independent Spirit Award
Best Supporting Female
Go (1999)

Gemini Awards

2007 Nominated
Gemini
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series
Slings and Arrows (2003)
For episode "Vex Not His Ghost".
1998 Won
Gemini
Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series
Straight Up (1996)
For episode "Mortifying".
Nominated
Gemini
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
White Lies (1998)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
The Planet of Junior Brown (1997)
1994 Nominated
Gemini
Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
Road to Avonlea (1990)
1993 Nominated
Gemini
Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role
Road to Avonlea (1990)
1992 Won
Gemini
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Lantern Hill (1989)
1990 Nominated
Gemini
Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Continuing Dramatic Role
Road to Avonlea (1990)
1988 Nominated
Gemini
Best Performance by a Lead Actress in a Continuing Dramatic Role
Ramona (1988)

Genie Awards

2008 Won
Genie
Best Achievement in Direction
Away from Her (2006)
Best Screenplay, Adapted
Away from Her (2006)
Won
Claude Jutra Award
Away from Her (2006)
2004 Won
Genie
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
My Life Without Me (2003)
2003 Won
Genie
Best Live Action Short Drama
I Shout Love (2001)
Shared with:
2002 Nominated
Genie
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
The Law of Enclosures (2000)
1997 Nominated
Genie
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Best Original Song
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Shared with:
For the song "The Sweet Hereafter".

Gold Derby Awards

2014 Nominated
Gold Derby Award
Documentary Feature
Stories We Tell (2012)
2008 Nominated
Gold Derby Award
Adapted Screenplay
Away from Her (2006)

Goya Awards

2004 Nominated
Goya
Best Lead Actress (Mejor Actriz Protagonista)
My Life Without Me (2003)

Hamburg Film Festival

2012 Nominated
Art Cinema Award
Take This Waltz (2011)

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2007 Won
ICP Award
Best First Feature
Away from Her (2006)

International Documentary Association

2013 Nominated
IDA Award
Best Feature
Stories We Tell (2012)
Shared with:

International Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)

2014 Won
INOCA
Best Documentary
Stories We Tell (2012)
2013 Nominated
Halfway Award
Best Director
Stories We Tell (2012)

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

2013 Won
LAFCA Award
Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film
Stories We Tell (2012)
2007 Won
New Generation Award
Away from Her (2006)

Milwaukee Film Festival

2013 Nominated
Festival Prize
Best Film
Stories We Tell (2012)

National Board of Review, USA

1997 Won
NBR Award
Best Acting by an Ensemble
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Shared with:

National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA

1998 2nd place
NSFC Award
Best Supporting Actress
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

2007 Won
NYFCC Award
Best First Film
Away from Her (2006)

New York Film Critics, Online

2007 Won
NYFCO Award
Best Debut as Director
Away from Her (2006)

Online Film & Television Association

2008 Won
OFTA Film Award
Best First Feature
Away from Her (2006)
Nominated
OFTA Film Award
Best First Screenplay
Away from Her (2006)

Online Film Critics Society Awards

2008 Won
OFCS Award
Best Breakthrough Filmmaker
Away from Her (2006)

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

2007 Won
PFCS Award
Breakthrough Behind the Camera
Away from Her (2006)

Portland International Film Festival

2007 Won
Audience Award
Away from Her (2006)

Robert Festival

2009 Nominated
Robert
Best Non-American Film (Årets ikke-amerikanske film)
Away from Her (2006)

San Diego Film Critics Society Awards

2012 Nominated
SDFCS Award
Best Original Screenplay
Take This Waltz (2011)

San Francisco Film Critics Circle

2007 Won
SFFCC Award
Best Adapted Screenplay
Away from Her (2006)

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2011 Nominated
Golden Seashell
Best Film
Take This Waltz (2011)

Sarasota Film Festival

2007 Won
Audience Award
Best in World Cinema
Away from Her (2006)

Satellite Awards

2008 Nominated
Satellite Award
Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
John Adams (2008)
2007 Nominated
Satellite Award
Best Director
Away from Her (2006)
Best Screenplay, Adapted
Away from Her (2006)

Seattle Film Critics Awards

2014 Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Award
Best Documentary
Stories We Tell (2012)

Seattle International Film Festival

2013 Nominated
Golden Space Needle Award
Best Director
Stories We Tell (2012)

Sedona International Film Festival

2007 Won
Excellence in Filmmaking
Away from Her (2006)
A premium of USD 7,000.

Sydney Film Festival

2013 Nominated
Sydney Film Prize
Best Film
Stories We Tell (2012)

São Paulo International Film Festival

2007 Nominated
International Jury Award
Best Feature Film
Away from Her (2006)

Taipei Film Festival

2007 Nominated
International New Talent Competition - Grand Prize
Away from Her (2006)

Teen Choice Awards

1999 Nominated
Teen Choice Award
Film - Breakout Performance
Go (1999)

Torino Film Festival

2007 Won
Holden Award for Best Script - Special Mention
Away from Her (2006)
Nominated
Prize of the City of Torino
Best Feature Film
Away from Her (2006)

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

2012 Won
Rogers Award
Best Canadian Film
Stories We Tell (2012)
2007 Won
TFCA Award
Best First Feature
Away from Her (2006)
1998 2nd place
TFCA Award
Best Performance, Female
The Sweet Hereafter (1997)

Vancouver Film Critics Circle

2013 Nominated
VFCC Award
Best Director - Canadian Film
Stories We Tell (2012)
Best Screenplay - Canadian Film
Stories We Tell (2012)
2004 Won
VFCC Award
Best Actress - Canadian Film
My Life Without Me (2003)

Women Film Critics Circle Awards

2007 Won
WFCC Award
Best Movie by a Woman
Away from Her (2006)
Tied with Kasi Lemmons for Talk to Me (2007).

Writers Guild of America, USA

2014 Won
WGA Award (Screen)
Best Documentary Screenplay
Stories We Tell (2012)

Writers Guild of Canada

2007 Won
WGC Award
Feature Film
Away from Her (2006)

Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

2013 Nominated
Robert and Frances Flaherty Prize
Stories We Tell (2012)

Young Artist Awards

1993 Nominated
Young Artist Award
Best Young Actress Starring in a Cable Series
Road to Avonlea (1990)
1991 Nominated
Young Artist Award
Best Young Actress Starring in an Off-Primetime Series
Road to Avonlea (1990)
1990 Nominated
Young Artist Award
Best Young Actress Starring in a Motion Picture
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

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