Director: Delbert Mann Cast: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Joe Mantell, Esther Minciotti, Augusta Ciolli, Karen Steele, Jerry Paris, Frank Sutton (uncredited)

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ernest Borgnine); Best Director (Delbert Mann); Best Screenplay (Paddy Chayefsky)

Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Joe Mantell); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Betsy Blair); Best Cinematography, Black-and-White; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; Black-and-White

I First Saw In: c. 2011

Synopsis: A middle-aged butcher and a school teacher who have given up on the idea of love, meet at a dance and fall in love.

Did You Know? This was the very first Best Picture winner to be based on a television program.

Quotables: MARTY: You don’t get to be good-hearted by accident. You get kicked around long enough, you become a professor of pain.

And now a Word from the Guise:
For the life of me, I can’t remember why I disliked this film so much the first time I watched it. It’s such a sweet little film with two endearing leads, and it has a great message about self-worth. Ernest Borgnine and Betsy Blair are a delight.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233