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Alien Movie Trivia and Facts: ‘The Abyss’ (1989) Part I

What happens when an underwater team is sent to assess the damage of an American nuclear submarine that has suffered a crash? In this film, The Abyss takes a look at the discovery and experience of a team of underwater drilling platform workers who are asked to lend a helping hand to the Navy SEALS in an attempt to locate the crash site.

The Plot

While the U.S. government believes that it is the Russians behind the crash, it becomes apparent that something else is behind the scheme. Some workers report seeing UFO’s underwater, while the SEALS are convinced that a Russian sub is to blame. After a collection of disasters that look pretty dismal, the platform workers discover that they may be the only hope that the world has to stopping unimaginable consequences. Deep in the murky waters, it becomes clear that they are not the only beings in the vicinity. To boot, odd occurrences have been taking place at the surface of the earth.

In the movie, you will find key actors and actresses, such as Ed Harris (playing Virgil ‘Bud’ Brigman), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (taking the role of Lindsey Brigman), and Michael Biehn (playing the role of Lt. Hiram Coffey).

Awards and Recognition

·    At the Academy Awards, the movie won Best Effects, Visual Effects.  They were also nominated for Art Direction (Set Decoration), Best Cinematography, and Best Sound. It is said that the studio really pushed to have Michael Biehn recognized as Best Supporting Actor.

·    The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films granted James Cameron with a Saturn Award for Best Director. Ed Harris was nominated for a Saturn in the category of Best Actor, while Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio took Best Actress honors. James Cameron was also nominated for Best Writing. Other nominations associated with the movie include Best Music, Best Science Fiction Film, and Best Special Effects.

·    American Society of Cinematographers nominated Mikael Salomon for an ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases.

·    At the DVD Exclusive Awards, the movie won the Video Premiere Award for Best DVD Menu Design for the Special Edition version.

·    At the Hugo Awards, the movie was nominated for a Hugo in the category of Best Dramatic Presentation.

·    The movie also brought home a Key Art Award for Best Action Spot at the Key Art Awards.

·    The Abyss tied with ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ for a Golden Reel Award in Best Sound Editing (Sound Effects) , an award given by the Motion Picture Sound Editors.

·    At the Young Artist Awards, the film was nominated for a Young Artist Award in the category of Best Family Motion Picture (Musical or Fantasy).

To learn more about the behind the scenes tidbits of information concerning ‘The Abyss,’ check out Part II of ‘Alien Movie Trivia and Facts: ‘The Abyss’ (1989).’ This is where you will encounter details on the director, cast members, and special props.