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Director: George Stevens Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Rod Taylor, Earl Holliman, Paul Fix, Monte Hale, William Hoehne Jr. (uncredited)

Academy Awards: Best Director (George Stevens)

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (James Dean); Best Actor in a Leading Role (Rock Hudson); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Mercedes McCambridge); Best Adapted Screenplay (Fred Guiol & Ivan Moffat); Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Colour; Best Costume Design, Colour; Best Film Editing; Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Dimitri Tiomkin)

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Did You Know? With two consecutive nominations, James Dean is the only actor to have been nominated for two posthumous Oscars.

Quotables: LESLIE BENEDICT: You too, Uncle Brutus?

And now a Word from the Guise:
I’m not entirely certain why this movie is largely considered to have been cheated out of Best Picture. It’s overly long. None of the actors have any inflection or finesse. The old-age makeup put on Liz Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean is painfully reminiscent of high school; their identical silver-sprayed hair sticks out like a sore thumb when standing next to people who actually had grey hair. To be fair, though, Around the World in 80 Days shouldn’t have won Best Picture either.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233