Director: Carol Reed Cast: Mark Lester, Ron Moody, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed, Harry Secombe, Jack Wild, Hugh Griffith, Joseph O’Conor
Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Director (Carol Reed); Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; Best Sound; Best Original or Adapted Musical Score; Honorary Award (Onna White – For her outstanding choreography achievement)
Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Ron Moody); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jack Wild); Best Adapted Screenplay (Vernon Harris); Best Cinematography; Best Costume Design; Best Film Editing
I First Saw In: 2015
Synopsis: Musical adaptation about an orphan who runs away from an orphanage and hooks up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.
Did You Know? As of 2014, this was the last G-rated film to win the Oscar for Best Picture.
And now a Word from the Guise:
This is my friend Jim’s favourite movie, and I could see why with just the opening number: the sweeping panorama of the marvellous set, the illustrious costumes, and the grandiose choreography were stunning. I think Shani Wallis’s performance as Nancy was, at the very least, good enough to garner a nomination for Best Supporting Actress; she was my favourite character. I must confess that, with today’s cinematic technology, I don’t often find myself particularly in awe of films anymore. Every so often, a movie will leave me completely awestruck, and I have to say that Oliver! is one of those films. It is, without a doubt, a most beautiful masterpiece of cinema.
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