The nominees are…
And the Oscar went to….A Man For All Seasons.
Fred Zinnemann’s 16th Century biographical drama was the big winner at the 39th Academy Awards, toppling a list of films which range from screwball Cold War comedy to savage marital portrait.
Mike Nichol’s makes his directorial debut with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a film which has endured handsomely, being named the 67th greatest American film by the A.F.I in 2007, while eventual winner A Man For All Sesasons has persisted as a British favourite along with Alfie.
The 1967 Oscars, honouring the best films of 1966, boasts a range of significant films, each carrying equally significant performances, but did the Academy settle on the right choice with A Man For All Seasons?
Can Robert Wise back up his actual Oscar winning Best Picture The Sound of Music with the far less prestigious Rewritten Oscar with his epic war drama The Sand Pebbles? Or maybe the goofy comedic charm of The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming will prove to be too much to resist. Can Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? validate its reputation, or can Michael Caine in the title role carry Alfie into being the actual best of 1966. And then again, could Fred Zinnemann prove the Academy right with his moral drama.
Lets find out as we dive into the 39th Academy Awards record books and see if they got it right, or if the Oscars need to be rewritten.