Funny Girl

Funny Girl
Comedy, MusicalBiography

1968

Director: William Wyler CastBarbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Kay Medford, Anne Francis, Walter Pidgeon, Lee Allen, Mae Questel, Gerald Mohr, Mittie Lawrence

Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Barbra Streisand)

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Kay Medford); Best Cinematography; Best Sound; Best Film Editing; Best Original Song (“Funny Girl” by Jule Styne & Bob Merrill); Best Original or Adapted Musical Score

I First Saw In: 2015

Synopsis: Plain-faced Fanny Brice rises to stardom on the New York Vaudeville Stage and maintains a turbulent marriage with suave gambler Nick Arnstein.

Did You Know? Barbra Streisand tied for Best Actress in a Leading Role with Katharine Hepburn for The Lion in Winter, marking the first (and, so far, only) tie in this category, and the second tie in any acting category.

And now a Word from the Guise:
I had no idea that Fanny Brice was a real person. I wonder if she was really as impetuous, self-aggrandizing, and simultaneously self-deprecating as Barbra Streisand portrayed her. Rachel Berry – I mean – Fanny Brice wants to be a star, but her mother and the little old biddies at her mother’s saloon constantly remind her what a plain Jane she is. She’ll do anything she can to not only get on-stage but also to be the star of the show, even if it means stepping on every other actor on-stage with her (which she does). As soon as a man shows the slightest bit of interest in her, however, she abandons her dreams of fame and stardom to be with him, and again screws over all of her co-stars and the Great Ziegfeld, himself, in the process. Though, to be fair, I’d probably drop everything if Omar Sharif wanted to whisk me off to New York and marry me. Have you seen that head of hair and that strong brow?

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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