New York City policeman John McClane (Bruce Willis) is visiting his estranged wife (Bonnie Bedelia) and two daughters on Christmas Eve. He joins her at a holiday party in the headquarters of the Japanese-owned business she works for. But the festivities are interrupted by a group of terrorists who take over the exclusive high-rise, and everyone in it. Very soon McClane realizes that there’s no one to save the hostages — but him.
Die Hard was nominated for four Oscars in 1989 including Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Effects/Sound Effects Editing, and Best Effects/Visual Effects. It went on to win a Golden Reel Award in 1989 for Best Sound Editing, a Hochi Film Award in 1989 for Best Foreign Language Film, a Kinema Junpo Award in 1990 for Best Foreign Language Film, the Best Foreign Language Film Award for the 1990 Japanese Academy, as well as the 1990 Blue Ribbon Award for Best Foreign Language Film.