In the 20 years since this Academy Award®-winning science fiction classic was released in theaters, its following has only increased. Recognized for its groundbreaking visual effects and animatronic creations, as well as its stellar sound effects editing, this sequel to the 1979 film Alien
provided some of the most startling imagery in the history of the science fiction genre. Aliens
picks up 57 years after the previous story ended. After barely surviving her first expedition to an alien-infested planet, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is discovered by a deep space salvage team and taken back to Earth. When communication with the now-colonized alien planet suddenly ceases, Ripley is asked to return to the place where all of her nightmares began.
Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Actress (Weaver), Art Direction (Peter Lamont, Crispian Sallis), Film Editing (Ray Lovejoy), Music – Original Score (James Horner) and Sound (Graham V. Hartstone, Nicolas Le Messurier, Michael A. Carter, Roy Charman), Aliens
won Oscars® for Sound Effects Editing (Don Sharpe) and Visual Effects (Robert Skotak, Stan Winston, John Richardson, Suzanne Benson).
Several of the film’s key cast and crew members will gather for an onstage conversation to discuss the role motion picture science and technology played in shaping Aliens
Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton, William Hope, Al Matthews, Ricco Ross, Jenette Goldstein, Mark Rolston. Director
James Cameron. Producer
Gale Anne Hurd. Screenplay
James Cameron. Story
James Cameron and David Giler & Walter Hill (based on characters created by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett). Cinematography
Adrian Biddle. Film Editing
Ray Lovejoy. Production Design
Peter Lamont. Set Decoration
Crispian Sallis. Costume Design
Emma Porteous. Music
James Horner. Sound
Graham V. Hartstone, Nicolas Le Messurier, Michael A. Carter, Roy Charman. Sound Editing
Don Sharpe. Alien Effects
Stan Winston. Visual Effects Supervisors
Robert Skotak, Dennis Skotak. Special Effects Supervisor
John Richardson. Makeup
Peter Robb-King. 20th Century Fox. 35mm. 137 minutes. 1986. Print courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Academy Award Winner: Sound Effects Editing (Sharpe), Visual Effects (R. Skotak, Winston, Richardson, Suzanne Benson). Academy Award Nominee: Actress (Weaver), Art Direction (Lamont, Sallis), Film Editing (Lovejoy), Music – Original Score (Horner), Sound (Hartstone, Le Messurier, Carter, Charman).