Like "award reaper" or "award sweeper". I know they may not be correct so I need a right one.

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An award sweeper, though rare, isn't unheard-of. It should be understood.

You can refer to a movie as being critically lauded.

In a broader sense, the phrase critics' darling is used. But these may or may not imply awards.


Award-winning films
Google Books produces 1,130 results

  • Eighty prize-winning films of the 1930s are discussed in detail, with complete cast and technical credits, background notes, etc.
  • Howard has served as an executive producer as well on a number of award- winning films and television shows...

  • She is also an accomplished filmmaker who has made a series of award-winning films including Ellis Island (1981)

For award-winning movies, Google Books produces 896 results

  • These include such Broadway successes as Brigadoon (1947), Paint Your Wagon (1951), My Fair Lady (1956), and Camelot (1960), and the Academy-Award winning movies Gigi (1958) and My Fair Lady (1964)

  • Funny Girl and Meet the Packers; or by her genius as a composer in songs like the Academy Award-winning Evergreen; or by her screenwriting, directing and production skills in the multi-award winning movies, Yentl and Prince of Tides

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    To me, "award-winning" is the most idiomatic way to describe a movie that has actually won awards. While "critically acclaimed" or "critically lauded" movies are certainly "good", those phrases mean something entirely different than "award-winning". In fact, many times movies that critics love get snubbed by the authorities who are in charge of handing out the awards. Jul 9, 2015 at 14:06

Critically Acclaimed

"That has received generally good reviews from a number of critics Although it was critically acclaimed, the album wasn't a commercial success."


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    It's a useful phrase, but not really the same - if most critics have said universally positive things about a movie, it's "critically acclaimed" even if it never actually won a single award.
    – neminem
    Jul 9, 2015 at 17:18

The ugly construction multi-award winning (both with and without a second hyphen after "award") appears to be used quite widely. Google turns up many hits, such as this obituary of Harold Pinter or this press release from Qatar Airways.


The common phrase for a movie (or book or song or whatever) that has won one or more awards is "award-winning".

I can't think of any commonly-used phrase for a movie that has won many awards, as opposed to just one.

If a movie wins awards in many categories of a single competition, we say it "swept the awards". But I've never heard such a movie called an "award-sweeping movie" or using any other adjective phrase other than "award-winning".


Such a movie may be called a blockbuster.


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    Nah, this just means it made money.
    – Oldcat
    Jul 10, 2015 at 0:18

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