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Plot, Details & Awards

Room at the Top

Not Rated In Theaters 10/13/2000 , 118min.
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Plot & Details

Ruthless young working-class Englishman Laurence Harvey takes a job in a North Country village controlled by millionaire Donald Wolfit. Harvey resents Wolfit's class consciousness and vows to rise to the top by wooing the millionaire's daughter, Heather Sears. Meanwhile he has an affair with Frenchwoman Simone Signoret. Though he regards Signoret as a mere self-gratifying conquest, she takes their romance seriously enough to kill herself when Harvey impregnates Field. Only as he leaves the chapel after marrying the millionaire's daughter does Harvey that his "smart" marriage, coupled with the guarantee of a fabulous business career, has been attained at the cost of his soul. Based on the novel by John Braine, Room at the Top was one of the most successful films of the British angry-young-man school; it later spawned two sequels, as well as a weekly TV series.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1959 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Simone Signoret Won
1959 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Screenplay Neil Paterson Won
1959 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture James Woolf Nominated
1959 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Laurence Harvey Nominated
1959 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Jack Clayton Nominated
1959 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture John Woolf Nominated
1959 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress Hermione Baddeley Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1958 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Actress Simone Signoret Won
1958 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Jack Clayton Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1959 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Simone Signoret Nominated
1959 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Film Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1958 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Actress Simone Signoret Won
1958 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Jack Clayton Won

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1959 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Simone Signoret Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1959 National Board of Review Best Actress Simone Signoret Won
1959 National Board of Review Best Foreign Film Nominated

Telluride Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1994 Telluride Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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