|Starring||Robert De Niro, Robin Williams|
|63rd Academy Awards|
Awakenings is a 1990 American drama film based on Oliver Sacks's 1973 memoir "Awakenings". Directed by Penny Marshall, the film was produced by Walter F. Parkes and Lawrence Lasker, who first encountered Sacks's book as undergraduates at Yale University and optioned it a few years later. The films stars Robert De Niro, Robin Williams, Julie Kavner, Ruth Nelson, John Heard, Penelope Ann Miller, and Max von Sydow.
- Best Actor — Robert De Niro
- Best Adapted Screenplay — Steven Zaillian
- Best Picture — Walter F. Parkes, Lawrence Lasker
A new doctor finds himself with a ward full of comatose patients. He is disturbed by them and the fact that they have been comatose for decades with no hope of any cure. When he finds a possible chemical cure he gets permission to try it on one of them. When the first patient awakes, he is now an adult having gone into a coma in his early teens. The film then delights in the new awareness of the patients and then on the reactions of their relatives to the changes in the newly awakened.