Awards & Honours

Academy Award


    1952 nominated: Best Supporting Actor (Quo Vadis)

    1961 won: Best Supporting Actor (Spartacus)

    1965 won: Best Supporting Actor (Topkapi)

    1969 nominated: Best Original Screenplay (Hot Millions, with Ira Wallach)




    1962 nominated: Best British Screenplay (Billy Budd)

    1978 nominated: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Death on the Nile)

    1992 won: Britannia Award for Lifetime Achievement

    1995 nominated: Best Light Entertainment Performance (An Evening with Sir Peter Ustinov)


Berlin International Film Festival


    1961 nominated: Golden Bear (Romanoff and Juliet)

    1972 won: Silver Bear for an outstanding artistic contribution (Hammersmith Is Out)

    1972 nominated: Golden Bear (Hammersmith Is Out)


Emmy Award


    1958 won: Best Single Performance by a Leading or Supporting Actor (Omnibus: The Life of Samuel Johnson)

    1967 won: Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Barefoot in Athens)

    1970 won: Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (A Storm in Summer)

    1982 nominated: Outstanding Individual Achievement in Informational Programming (Omni: The New Frontier)

    1985 nominated: Outstanding Classical Program in the Performing Arts (The Well-Tempered Bach with Peter Ustinov)


Golden Globe Award


    1952 won: Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Quo Vadis)

    1961 nominated: Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Spartacus)

    1965 nominated: Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Topkapi)


Grammy Award


    1960 won: Best Recording for Children with the Philharmonia Orchestra directed by Herbert von Karajan


Tony Award


    1958 nominated: Best Play (Romanoff and Juliet)

    1958 nominated: Best Actor in a Play (Romanoff and Juliet)


Evening Standard British Film Award


    1980 won Best Actor (Death on the Nile)




    1992: Britannia Award

    1993: London Critics' Award

    1994: Bambi

    1997: German Video Prize of the DIVA Award

    1998: Bavarian Television Award

    2001: Golden Camera (Goldene Kamera, Berlin)

    2002: Planetary Consciousness Award of the Club of Budapest

    2004: Bavarian Film Award (Bayerischer Filmpreis)

    2004: Rose d'Or Charity Award with UNICEF (posthumously)




    1974: Golden Camera Award for Best Actor for the Exchange of Notes

    1978: Prix de la Butte for Oh my goodness! Messy memoirs

    1981: Karl-Valentin-Orden (Munich)

    1987: Golden Rascal (Goldenes Schlitzohr)


State honours and awards


    1957: Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts (London)

    21 September 1974: Order of the Smile (Poland)

    1975: Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) (United Kingdom)

    1978: UNICEF International Prize for outstanding services

    1985: Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France)

    1986: Istiqlal Order (Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan)

    1987: Order of the Yugoslav Flag

    1987: Elected to L'Académie français

    1990: Gold Medal of the City of Athens

    1990: Medal of the Hellenic Red Cross

    1990: Knight Bachelor (United Kingdom)

    1991: Medal of Charles University in Prague

    1994: Knight of the National Order of the Southern Cross (Brazil)

    1994: German Culture Prize (Deutscher Kulturpreis)

    1995: International UNICEF Prize for Outstanding Services

    1998: Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz)

    2001: Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class

    2004: Hanseatic Bremen Prize for International Understanding (Bremer Hansepreis für Völkerverständigung)


Honorary Doctorates


    1967: Cleveland Institute of Music (Honorary Doctor of Music)

    1969: Dundee University (Honorary Doctor of Laws)

    1971: La Salle University, Philadelphia (Honorary Doctor of Laws)

    1972: Lancaster University (Honorary Doctor of Humanities)

    1973: University of Lethbridge (Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts)

    1984: University of Toronto

    1988: Georgetown University (Honorary Doctor of Humanities)

    1991: University of Ottawa (Honorary Doctor of Laws)

    1992: University of Durham (Honorary Doctor of Humanities)

    1995: St. Michael's College, Toronto

    1995: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Toronto)

    1995: University of Brussels

    2000: National University of Ireland

    2001: International University of Geneva