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Plot, Details & Awards

Mary Poppins

G In Theaters 08/27/1964 , 139min.
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Plot & Details

Long resistant to film adaptations of her Mary Poppins books, P.L. Travers finally succumbed to the entreaties of Walt Disney, and the result is often considered the finest of Disney's personally supervised films. The Travers stories are bundled together to tell the story of the Edwardian-era British Banks family: the banker father (David Tomlinson), suffragette mother (Glynis Johns), and the two "impossible" children (Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber). The kids get the attention of their all-business father by bedevilling every new nanny in the Banks household. Whem Mr. Banks advertises conventionally for another nanny, the kids compose their own ad, asking for someone with a little kindness and imagination. Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews in her screen debut) answers the children's ad by arriving at the Banks home from the skies, parachuting downward with her umbrella. She immediately endears herself to the children. The next day they meet Mary's old chum Bert (Dick Van Dyke), currently employed as a sidewalk artist. Mary, Bert, and the children hop into one of Bert's chalk drawings and learn the nonsense song "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" in a cartoon countryside. Later, they pay a visit to Bert's Uncle Albert (Ed Wynn), who laughs so hard that he floats to the ceiling. Mr. Banks is pleased that his children are behaving better, but he's not happy with their fantastic stories. To show the children what the real world is like, he takes them to his bank. A series of disasters follow which result in his being fired from his job. Mary Poppins' role in all this leads to some moments when it is possible to fear that all her good work will be undone, but like the magical being she is, all her "mistakes" lead to a happy result by the end of the film. In 2001, Mary Poppins was rereleased in a special "sing-along" edition with subtitles added to the musical numbers so audiences could join in with the onscreen vocalists.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Robert O. Cook Nominated
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Eustace Lycett Won
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Walt Disney Nominated
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Julie Andrews Won
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Cotton Warburton Won
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Cinematography Edward Colman Nominated
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Emile Kuri Nominated
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Score Robert B. Sherman Won
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Richard M. Sherman Won
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Carroll Clark Nominated
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Irwin Kostal Won
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Bill Walsh Nominated
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Don DaGradi Nominated
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Score Richard M. Sherman Won
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Costume Design Tony Walton Nominated
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Hamilton Luske Won
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Hal G. Gausman Nominated
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction William Tuntke Nominated
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Bill Walsh Nominated
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Peter Ellenshaw Won
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Robert Stevenson Nominated
1964 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Robert B. Sherman Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1964 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Most Promising Newcomer Julie Andrews Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1964 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Richard M. Sherman Nominated
1964 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Robert B. Sherman Nominated
1964 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Julie Andrews Won
1964 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Musical or Comedy Nominated
1964 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Dick Van Dyke Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1964 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Most Promising Newcomer Julie Andrews Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1964 Directors Guild of America Best Director Robert Stevenson Nominated

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