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“The profession is never boring. I have found the interesting things in everything I have ever done. So none of my occupations ever seemed like work.”

Andrew G. Vajna

“When Andy gives you his word, you know it’s good. And no matter how tough the going gets, you can count on him. He’s got nerves of steel.”

Joe Roth, chairman, Walt Disney Motion Picture Group

“He’s got great respect for the director and courage to do projects that aren’t so easy… He won’t let you down; you can trust him.”

Paul Verhoeven, director of Total Recall

“You can’t make an actor act. You have got to create an atmosphere he wants to perform. It can be hell.”

Andrew G. Vajna

“I decided to learn something that I could do no matter where I lived – I became a hairdresser. I chose hairdressing because it is a useful skill and one that I could always go back to. Knowing this gave me great security and the freedom to explore other avenues.”

Andrew G. Vajna

“Vajna defined what would become known as the ‘big action picture’. He really has a wide range of talent and ability.”

Tim Warner, general chairman of film company NATO / ShoWest

“We’re glad to be a part of your lifetime.”

Bruce Willis and Demi Moore to Andy when he received NATO/ShoWest Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995

“He’s one of the few people around with the balls to play with his own money. His word carries a lot of weight. He’s personally out on the line. It’s always given me a lot of respect for him. Andy is always involved. He’s your partner or your boss, but he offers guidance as opposed to instructions… He approaches business in a sort of family style. He keeps the same friends for 30 years, and that’s kind of remarkable.”

John McTiernan, director of Medicine Man and Die Hard With a Vengeance

“I fell in love in love with Andy the moment I met him, because for once I’d met a Hungarian in Hollywood who was not only more successful than I was, but also crazier.”

Joe Eszterhas

“When you work with Andy, the buck stops with him. I don’t deal with anybody else. It becomes very much Andy’s movie, one singer, one song.”

Danny Cannon, director of Judge Dread

“Working with Andy was the best experience of my career and he makes the world’s greatest bouillabaisse.”

Steven de Souza, screenwriter Judge Dredd

“Andy doesn’t compare to anybody else in this business. Andy is unique, he’s independent; he’s a rare blend of entrepreneur and film maker. He puts his money on the line time and time again, and he’s won as big as anyone in this town. You’ve got to admire somebody like that.”

Jeffrey Katzenberg, Dream Works SKG Partner

State awards

March 2010 - In honour of Hungary’s national holiday, the highest ranking Orders of Merit of the Hungarian Republic were proposed by Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai and honored by László Sólyom the President of Hungary in recognition of the outstanding work in creating Freedom’s Fury.

FREEDOM’S FURY looks at the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 and the politicized water polo match between Hungary and the Soviets at the Melbourne Olympics, now known as the "Bloodiest Game in Olympic History". The battle in the pools of Australia and the larger battle for Hungarian freedom in 1956 are powerfully explored in the film. The emotional heart of the story is the incredible journey of a group of Hungarian athletes who carry the torch of freedom for their brutalized nation all the way to the summer Olympics.

Commander's Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (civil) was given to:

  • Andrew G. Vajna producer
  • Quentin Tarantino producer

Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (civil) was given to:

  • Colin Keith Gray director

Officers’ Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary was given to:

  • Amy Sommer producer
  • Kristine Lacey producer
  • Lucy Liu producer
  • Megan Raney director
  • Rose Lizarraga producer

In 2006 Colin Keith Gray (director) and Megan Raney Aarons (director) known collectively as The Sibs, were awarded with the Knight's Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary for Freedom’s Fury.

October 1996 – Vajna was awarded with the Officers’ Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary honored by Prime Minister Gyula Horn and he also get the Golden Butterfly Tribute to Excellence on the occasion of Global Hungarian film industry meeting.

 

Film awards

2016 – 16th Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles - Michael Curtiz Award: Children of Glory - Audience Favorite

2010 – 10th Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles – Lifetime Achievement Award

2002 – Andrew G. Vajna – Christopher Awards

1997 – Evita - Golden Globe - Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

1995 – Die Hard with a Vengeance - EDI Worldwide Reel - Highest Grossing Picture of the Year

1995 – NATO/ShoWest Lifetime Achievement Award

1992 – Terminator 2: Judgement Day - 18th People's Choice Awards - Favorite Motion Picture

1991 – Total Recall - British Videogram Awards - Action and adventure video to Total Recall

1986 – Rambo First Blood Part 2. – 18th People's Choice Awards - Favorite Motion Picture (nominated in TOP3)

1985 – Rambo First Blood Part 2. – The Golden Reel Award Certificate nomination

1982 – Rambo First Blood (Part 1.) - The Golden Reel Award Certificate

 

Other

Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences

Emanuel Foundation for Hungarian Culture - Holocaust Memorial Builder Award

 

Award winning films and important nominations

  • The film was nominated for two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes.
  • Jerry Goldsmith, the composer, was nominated for both awards for his original score.
  • It was also nominated for an Edgar Award.
  • Frank Urioste was nominated for an Academy Award for film editing
  • Sharon Stone was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actress for her performance as Tramell.
  • 1995 EDI Worldwide Reel - Highest Grossing Picture of the Year
  • Academy Awards - Best Original Song ("You Must Love Me")
  • Golden Globe - Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
  • Golden Globe - Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
  • Golden Globe - Best Original Song ("You Must Love Me")
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award – Best Production Design
  • Satellite Award – Best Original Song ("You Must Love Me")
  • Satellite Award – Best Film – Musical or Comedy
  • Satellite Award – Best Costume Design
  • The film won the Golden Bear at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival
  • It was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Joan Allen), Best Music, Original Dramatic Score and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.
  • Entertainment Weekly ranked Nixon #40 on their "50 Best Biopics Ever" list and one of the 25 "Powerful Political Thrillers"
  • The Golden Reel Award Certificate
  • The People's Choice Awards - Favourite Motions Picture

Saturn Award

  • Best Actress
  • Best Direction
  • Best Performance by a Younger Actor
  • Best Science Fiction Film
  • Best Special Effects

45th British Academy Film Awards

  • BAFTA Award for Best Sound
  • BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects

18th People's Choice Awards

  • Favorite Motion Picture

64th Academy Awards

  • Best Make Up
  • Best Sound
  • Best Sound Editing
  • Best Visual Effects

1992 MTV Movie Awards

  • Best Action Sequence
  • Best Breakthrough Performance
  • Best Female Performance
  • Best Male Performance
  • Best Movie
  • Most Desirable Female
  • Hugo Award
  • Best Dramatic Presentation
  • Several Canadian Film Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director
  • British Videogram Awards - Action and adventure video to Total Recall