John Travolta has been honored twice with Academy Award® nominations, the latest for his riveting portrayal of a philosophical hit-man in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction.” He received BAFTA and Golden Globe® nominations for this highly acclaimed role and was named Best Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, among other distinguished awards.
Travolta garnered further praise as a Mafioso-turned-movie producer in the comedy sensation “Get Shorty'” winning the Golden Globe® for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. In 1998 Travolta was honored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts with the Britannia Award; he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chicago Film Festival. Travolta also won the prestigious Alan J. Pakula Award from the US Broadcast Critics Association for his performance in “A Civil Action.” He was nominated again for a Golden Globe for his performance in “Primary Colors'” directed by Mike Nichols and co-starring Emma Thompson and Billy Bob Thornton. Most recently, Travolta was nominated for a Golden Globe for his memorable performance as Edna Turnblad in the box office hit musical “Hairspray.”
He earned his first Oscar® and Golden Globe® nominations for his role in the blockbuster “Saturday Night Fever'” which launched the disco phenomenon in the 1970s. Travolta went on to star in the big-screen version of the long-running musical “Grease” and the wildly successful “Urban Cowboy.” Additional film credits include the Brian DePalma thrillers “Carrie” and “Blowout'” as well as Amy Heckerling’s comedy “Look Who’s Talking” and Nora Ephron’s hit “Michael.” Travolta starred in “Phenomenon” and took an equally diverse turn as an action star in John Woo’s top-grossing “Broken Arrow.” He also starred in the classic “Face/Off” opposite Nicolas Cage, and “The General’s Daughter'” co-starring Madeline Stowe. Recently, Travolta reprised the role in the “Get Shorty” sequel “Be Cool.” He starred opposite Scarlett Johansson in the critically acclaimed independent feature film “A Love Song for Bobby Long'” which was screened at the Venice Film Festival.
Other recent feature film credits include the hit action-thriller “Ladder 49” with Joaquin Phoenix, the movie version of the comic book “The Punisher'” the drama “Basic” directed by John McTiernan, the psychological thriller “Domestic Disturbance” directed by Harold Becker, the hit action picture “Swordfish” with Halle Berry and Hugh Jackman, the sci-fi movie “Battlefield Earth'” and “Lonely Hearts'” co-starring James Gandolfini and Salma Hayek.