Theatrical Release: December 12, 1978.
In addition to an Oscar for Best Director, Michael Cimino won the Best Director Award from the Directors Guild (DGA) for THE DEER HUNTER.
Film debut and Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for Meryl Streep.
Other awards: 1978 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Director; 1978 New York Film Critics Award for Best Film and Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken).
The screenplay for THE DEER HUNTER was nominated for an Academy Award and a Writers Guild (WGA) Screen Award.
THE DEER HUNTER is number 79 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
THE DEER HUNTER was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1996.
THE DEER HUNTER was actor John Cazale's last screen appearance; he was already seriously ill with cancer when he accepted the role, and he died shortly before the film's release.
Streep and Cazale were romantically involved during the filming of the movie.
Academy Awards Best Picture 1978
Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor 1978 Christopher Walken Oscar-winning American actor, THE DEER HUNTER
Academy Awards Best Director 1978 Michael Cimino Director/Writer/Producer
Academy Awards Best Film Editing 1978 Peter Zinner Oscar winning American Editor/Director, THE DEER HUNTER
Academy Awards Best Sound 1978 Richard R. Portman SOUND MIXER/RERECORDIST
Academy Awards Best Sound 1978 William McCaughey SOUND
Academy Awards Best Sound 1978 Aaron Rochin SOUND RECORDIST/MIXER
Academy Awards Best Sound 1978 Darin Knight SOUND MIXER