Giant Overview:

Giant (1956) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by George Stevens and produced by George Stevens and Henry Ginsberg.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Edna Ferber published in 1952.

Giant was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2005.

Academy Awards 1956 --- Ceremony Number 29 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorJames DeanNominated
Best ActorRock HudsonNominated
Best Supporting ActressMercedes McCambridgeNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Boris Leven; Set Decoration: Ralph S. HurstNominated
Best Costume DesignMoss Mabry, Marjorie BestNominated
Best DirectorGeorge StevensWon
Best Film EditingWilliam Hornbeck, Philip W. Anderson, Fred BohananNominated
Best Music - ScoringDimitri TiomkinNominated
Best PictureGeorge Stevens and Henry Ginsberg, ProducersNominated
Best WritingFred Guiol, Ivan MoffatNominated
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Quotes from

Jett Rink: Everybody thought I had a duster. Y'all thought ol' Spindletop Burke and Burnett was all the oil there was, didn't ya? Well, I'm here to tell you that it ain't, boy! It's here, and there ain't a dang thing you gonna do about it! My well came in big, so big, Bick and there's more down there and there's bigger wells. I'm rich, Bick. I'm a rich 'un. I'm a rich boy. Me, I'm gonna have more money than you ever *thought* you could have - you and all the rest of you stinkin' sons of... Benedicts!


Leslie Benedict: Money isn't everything, Jett.
Jett Rink: Not when you've got it.


Jordan 'Bick' Benedict: You want to know something, Leslie? If I live to be ninety, I will never figure you out.


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Facts about

In the 40s and 50s the usual policy for films where characters would start young and get older was to cast older actors and de-age them to show them as their younger selves. "Giant" took the then largely radical step of doing the opposite - casting younger actors and using make-up to make them appear older.
James Dean was so completely immersed in his character that he hardly ever changed out of his costume.
Orson Welles was inspired by the film to make The Other Side of the Wind, one of his many unfinished opuses. It tells of an old director trying to complete an epic movie and being taunted by his young male lead who keeps calling him "Fatso". The director encourages his star to buy a sports car. In what exists of the film, the director is played by lean, lanky John Huston. "Fatso", however, was James Dean's nickname for George Stevens during the making of "Giant".
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