Bruce Davison has been winning awards for over 30 years. In 1971 he was nominated for a Golden Laurel, Star of Tomorrow, for The Strawberry Statement, and took seventh place. In 1977 he won both a Drama-Logue Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Lead Performance for his for work in Streamersa, and another one of each n 1985 for The Normal Heart, having won a New York Drama League Award in 1980 for The Elephant Man.
In 1991 his work in Longtime Companion earned him the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor, The National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor, The Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, The Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, and an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In 1993 he shared the Venice Film Festival's Volpi Cup for Best Ensemble Cast with 38 other actors for Short Cuts, which also earned him and all 38 costars a Golden Globe Special Award for Best Ensemble Cast in 1994.
The 1998 Emmy Awards nominated him as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for portraying "Jake" in an episode of Touched by an Angel entitled "Elijah." He was also nominated in 2002 for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Directing in a Children's Special for Off Season.