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Plot, Details & Awards

The Oscar

(1966)
119min.
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Plot & Details

A heartless actor scrambles to the top of show business' sleazy summit in this drama. Frank Fane (Stephen Boyd) is a Hollywood leading man who is desperate to boost his career by winning an Academy Award, and he doesn't care who he has to betray to achieve his goals -- including his former best friend and PR man, Hymie Kelly (Tony Bennett), lonely acting coach Sophie Cantaro (Eleanor Parker), slimy agent Kappy Kapstetter (Milton Berle), and long-suffering girlfriend Kay Bergdahl (Elke Sommer). However, as Frank waits for his name to be called, certain that victory is in his grasp, fate has a little secret in store for him. The Oscar marked Tony Bennett's onscreen acting debut. The screenplay, based on the novel by Richard Sale, was written in part by award-winning author Harlan Ellison, who is known to often take comical potshots at the film, which he considers a low point in his career.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1966 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Arthur Lonergan Nominated
1966 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Costume Design Edith Head Nominated
1966 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Robert R. Benton Nominated
1966 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction James W. Payne Nominated
1966 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Color Art Direction Hal Pereira Nominated

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