- Won a Special Jury Award for the 1973 short A Field of Honor at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Second Annual Student Film Awards.
- Made his feature-film directing debut in 1978 with the Beatles-themed comedy I Wanna Hold Your Hand.
- Received the Saturn Awards' George Pal Memorial Award in 1994.
- Made What Lies Beneath (2000) while waiting for Tom Hanks to lose weight in the middle of filming Cast Away; he used the same crew for both movies.
- Went into business with Disney when they opened ImageMovers Digital in 2007, but Disney closed the studio, which specialized in the director's pioneering motion-capture technology, in 2010 after disappointing box office for Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol (2009).
- Received the Order of Arts and Letters medal from France in 2016.
- 1994, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Winner
- 1995, Golden Globe — Best Director - Motion Picture: Winner
- 1986, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Screenplay: Nominee
- 1988, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
- 1994, Oscar — Best Achievement in Directing: Winner
- 1995, BAFTA Film Awards — The David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction: Nominee
- 1986, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
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- 1995, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Film: Nominee
- 1985, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
- 1986, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Nominee
- 1986, Writers Guild Awards — Original Screenplay: Nominee
- Rose Zemeckis — Mother
- Rhys Zemeckis — Son
- Alphonse Zemeckis — Father
- Alexander Francis Zemeckis — Son
- Leslie Zemeckis — Wife
- Mary Ellen Trainor — Ex-wife
- Zsa Zsa Rose Zemeckis — Daughter
- Zane Zemeckis — Son
- Attended Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, United States; University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, California, United States (BA in Film, 1973)