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Plot, Details & Awards

Star!

Not Yet Rated In Theaters 01/28/2008 , 172min.
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Plot & Details

Touted by 20th Century-Fox as a follow-up to their enormously successful The Sound of Music, Star! reteams that earlier film's leading lady Julie Andrews and director Robert Wise. Andrews plays legendary musical comedy star Gertrude Lawrence, while Daniel Massey appears as Lawrence's friend, co-worker and severest critic Noel Coward (Massey's real-life godfather). The film jumps back and forth in continuity at times, its transitions bridged by fabricated newsreel footage; essentially, however, William Fairchild's script traces Lawrence's progress from ambitious bit actress to the toast of London and Broadway. Her success is offset by a stormy private life, which is given some ballast when she falls in love with an American financier (Richard Crenna). The film is way too long for its own good, though the musical set pieces -- especially the Andrews-Massey duets -- are superb. Julie Andrews welcomed the chance of playing a character as far removed from her goody-two-shoes heroine in Sound of Music as possible; Gertrude Lawrence was temperamental, sarcastic, profane and at times self-destructive, and Andrews makes a meal of the role. Unfortunately, Andrews' fans, conditioned by the Fox publicity machine to expect a continuation of Sound of Music, rejected her outright in this "new" characterization. Star! was a huge box-office bomb, so much so that Fox desperately attempted a shortened re-release under a misleading new title, Those Were The Happy Times. They weren't: it remained a financial disaster, though it has developed a loyal cult following in recent years.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1968 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Ernest Laszlo Nominated
1968 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Daniel Massey Nominated
1968 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Walter Scott Nominated
1968 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Adapted Score Lennie Hayton Nominated
1968 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Jimmy Van Heusen Nominated
1968 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Howard Bristol Nominated
1968 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Donald Brooks Nominated
1968 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Sammy Cahn Nominated
1968 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Boris Leven Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1968 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song Jimmy Van Heusen Nominated
1968 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song Sammy Cahn Nominated
1968 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy Julie Andrews Nominated
1968 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Daniel Massey Won
1968 Hollywood Foreign Press Association New Star of the Year - Male Daniel Massey Nominated

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