Four of Wajda's works (The Promised Land, The Maids of Wilko, Man of Iron, and Katyn) have been nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar) for best foreign language film.
In 2000, Wajda received an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Man of Iron won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1981.
1957 Kanal [Kanal]
Special Award of the Jury "La Palme d'Argent", 10th IFF Cannes, 1957.
1958 Popiol i diament [Ashes and Diamonds]
FIPRESCI Award, 20th IFF Venice, 1959,
"Cristal Star" of the French Film Academy for Ewa Krzyzewska, 1962,
The Selznick "Silver Laurel", 12th IFF West Berlin, 1961.
1970 Brzezina [The Birch Wood]
Gold Medal - FIPRESCI Award, MIFED Milan, 1970,
Gold Medal and Award for Daniel Olbrychski, 7th IFF Moscow, 1971,
"The Golden Seal" of Milan, 7th IFF Milan 1975.
1970 Krajobraz po bitwie [Landscape After the Battle]
Golden Globe, 3rd IFF Milan
1973 Wesele [The Wedding]
"Silver Shell" 21st IFF San Sebastian, 1973.
1975 Ziemia obiecana [The Promised Land]
Gold Medal, 9th MFF Moscow, 1975,
Grand Award "Lwy Gdanskie" (ex aequo), 1975,
Award for Wojciech Pszoniak, prize for scenography, prize for music, 2nd PFFF Gdansk, 1975,
"Golden Hugo" 11th IFF Chicago, 1975,
Grand Award "Golden Corn", 21st IFF Valladolid (Spain), 1977,
1st Prize at the 18th IFF in Cartagena (Columbia), 1977,
Nomination to the Academy Award "Oscar", 1976.
1976 Smuga cienia [The Line of Shadow]
Main Award at 3rd PFFF Gdansk, 1976.
1977 Czlowiek z marmuru [The Man of Marble]
The Award of the Polish Federation of Film Discussion Clubs "Don Quixote",
Press Award, 4th PFFF Gdansk, 1977,
FIPRESCI Award, 31st IFF Cannes, 1978,
Actor's Award for Jerzy Radziwillowicz, 6th IFF Brussels, 1979,
Main Award 9th FEST Belgrade, and Actorĺs Award for Jerzy Radziwillowicz, 1979,
Special Award of the Jury, 20th IFF Cartagena, 1980.
1978 Bez znieczulenia [Rough Treatment]
Grand Prix (ex aequo), 5th PFFF Gdansk, 1978,
Award of the Ecumenic Jury, 32nd IFF Cannes, 1979.
1979 Panny z Wilka [The Maids from Wilko]
Special Award of the Jury and prize for scenography, 6th PFFF Gdansk, 1979
Nomination to the Academy Award "Oscar", 1980.
1980 Dyrygent [The Orchestra Conductor]
"Silver Bear" for the best actor for Andrzej Seweryn, 30th IFF West Berlin, 1980.
1981 Czlowiek z zelaza [The Man of Iron]
Grand Prix "La Palme d'Or" and Award of the Ecumenic Jury, 34th IFF Cannes, 1981,
British Film Critics' Award, IFF London, 1981.
"Cezar 83" Award of the French Academy of Film Art and Technology for the best film director in 1982,
Actors' Awards for Gérard Depardieu and Wojciech Pszoniak, 7th World FF, Montreal, 1983,
Louis Delluc Award and Unifrance Film Award, 1982.
Pirandello Artistic Award, Italy
Kyoto Prize, Japan
"Feliks", European Film Awards-Lifetime Achievement Award
1995 Wielki Tydzien [The Holly Week]
Silver Bear, IFF, Berlin
Praemium Imperiale, Japan
Golden Lion on FF in Venice.
"Orzel 2000" - Polish Independent Film & TV Producers Association Lifetime Achievement Award.
Polish Television Star Statuette for achievements in television film and theater production in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Telewizja Polska.
Platinum Lion Special Award at the 30th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.
Honorary Golden Bear at the 56th International Film Festival in Berlin for lifetime achievement;
Golden Film Camera for lifetime achievement at the 14th Art Film Fesitval in Trenczianskie Teplice.
The Czeslaw Milosz Award bestowed by the American Embassy in Poland in recognition of "strengthening understanding between Poland and the USA".
Doctorates Honoris Causa
American University, Washington
Jagiellonian University, Cracow
Independent University, Brussels
Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
The Leon Schiller National Film, Television and Theater School in Lodz
Russian Academy of Theater Arts (GITIS) in Moscow
University of Lodz
The Russian Federation State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow
University of Warsaw
University of Gdansk