Winner '66:
First Saw It:
A Man for All Seasons
May 1, 2000, at Cornell Cinema, Willard Straight Hall
Bridesmaids: Alfie, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The Sand Pebbles, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
My Vote: "Hump the Hostess" over Utopia every time: I'm for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Overlooked: Blow-up, The Gospel According to St. Matthew, Alphaville, Dutchman


A Man for All Seasons
First screened in May 2000 / Most recently screened in July 2008
Director: Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Paul Scofield, Leo McKern, Wendy Hiller, Nigel Davenport, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles, Susannah York, Corin Redgrave, John Hurt, Cyril Luckham, Vanessa Redgrave. Screenplay: Robert Bolt (based on his play).

Twitter Capsule: A polished staging. Respects viewers' intelligence and appetite for history. Little use for cinema as such.

VOR:   You could oversell how fully this is a "play of ideas," but you could also dismiss it too easily. Worthy relic of a time when Broadway and history had more foothold at the movies.



Photo © 1966 Columbia Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. B


Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: Fred Zinnemann
Best Actor: Paul Scofield
Best Supporting Actress: Wendy Hiller
Best Supporting Actor: Robert Shaw
Best Adapted Screenplay: Robert Bolt
Best Cinematography (Color): Ted Moore
Best Costume Design (Color): Elizabeth Haffenden & Joan Bridge

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Director: Fred Zinnemann
Best Actor (Drama): Paul Scofield
Best Supporting Actor: Robert Shaw
Best Screenplay: Robert Bolt

Other Awards:
Directors Guild of America: Best Director
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor (Scofield); Best Screenplay
National Board of Review: Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor (Scofield); Best Supporting Actor (Shaw)
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Picture; Best British Film; Best British Actor (Scofield); Best British Screenplay; Best British Cinematography, Color; Best Art Direction, Color (John Box); Best British Costume Design, Color

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