Adoor的第三部长片电影Elippathayam获得了1982年英国电影学院奖最佳原创和最具想象力奖。他的影片分别在新德里, 卡罗维发利、 威尼斯、新加坡等电影节上连续6次获得国际电影评论家奖（FIPRESCI）。其他国际奖项包括：UNICEF电影奖 (威尼斯), OCIC电影奖 (阿美恩斯), INTERFILM 奖等。
One of the leading luminaries of the New Indian Cinema, Gopalakrishnan was born in 1941. He wrote and directed over twenty Stage plays during his student days. A graduate of the Film Institute of India, he has scripted and directed nine feature films and more than twenty-five Shorts and Documentaries. His debut film, Swayamvaram went on to win the national awards for best film, best director, best cameraman and best actress. All his films have won national and international awards.
He has won the national award for the best film twice, best director four times and the best script- writer three times. His films have also won his actors national awards five times.
Adoor’s third feature, Elippathayam won him the coveted British Film Institute Award 'for the most original and imaginative film' of 1982. The International Film Critics Prize (FIPRESCI) has gone to him six times successively for Mukhamukham (New Delhi), Anantaram (Karlovy Vary) Mathilukal (Venice), Vidheyan (Singapore), Kathapurushan and Nizhalkkuthu(Mumbai).
In consideration of his contribution to Indian cinema, the nation honored him with the title of Padmashri in 1984.
His new film, Nizhalkkuthu (Shadow Kill) was chosen for the Amnesty- Doen award for its theme exemplifying Human Rights at the Rotterdam film festival.
His collection of essays, The World of Cinema was given the national award for the Best book on Cinema in 1984.
In recognition of his contribution to international cinema, the French Government has recently bestowed on him the esteemed title of ‘‘The Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters’ the highest French honour in the field of culture.