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Plot, Details & Awards

Love Story

(1970)
PG In Theaters 12/16/1970 , 100min.
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Plot & Details

In director Arthur Hiller's hit tearjerker -- based on Erich Segal's novella -- Ryan O'Neal plays Oliver Barrett IV, a comfortably off Harvard pre-law student who falls in love with Radcliffe music student Jenny Cavilleri (Ali MacGraw), a freewheeling, delightfully profane product of a blue-collar Italian-American family. Oliver's father (Ray Milland) heartily disapproves of the subsequent marriage and cuts off his son's allowance. Despite financial travails (the pampered Oliver actually has to go to work!), the couple is blissfully happy....until Jenny is diagnosed as having an unnamed disease that consigns her to an early death. The movie's tagline "Love means never having to say you're sorry" became an iconic American catchphrase, the film's theme a number one hit. One of the early products of Paramount guru Robert Evans, Love Story grossed more money than any Paramount production before it. This enormously successful film inspired a 1978 sequel, Oliver's Story.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Arthur Hiller Nominated
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Ali MacGraw Nominated
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Howard Minsky Nominated
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor John Marley Nominated
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Francis Lai Won
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Erich Segal Nominated
1970 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Ryan O'Neal Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1970 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Erich Segal Won
1970 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Arthur Hiller Won
1970 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Ryan O'Neal Nominated
1970 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Francis Lai Won
1970 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Ali MacGraw Won
1970 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Won
1970 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture John Marley Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1970 Directors Guild of America Best Director Arthur Hiller Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1970 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

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