Oliver! (1968) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Carol Reed and produced by John Woolf.
The film was based on the novel Oliver Twist and also Bentley's Miscellany Magazine Serial written by Charles Dickens published in 1838 (novel); Feb 1837 - April 1839 (magazine).
Academy Awards 1968 --- Ceremony Number 41 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Ron Moody||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Jack Wild||Nominated|
|Best Art Direction||Art Direction: John Box, Terence Marsh; Set Decoration: Vernon Dixon, Ken Muggleston||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Oswald Morris||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design||Phyllis Dalton||Nominated|
|Best Director||Carol Reed||Won|
|Best Film Editing||Ralph Kemplen||Nominated|
|Best Music - Scoring||Adaptation score by John Green||Won|
|Best Picture||John Woolf, Producer||Won|
|Best Writing||Vernon Harris||Nominated|
|Honorary Award||Onna White||Won|
Oliver Reed's only song was cut from the finished film, officially because the producers decided that Bill Sikes should not sing, but also allegedly because there was concern over the quality of Reed's singing voice.
Mark Lester did not do his own singing in Oliver! It was dubbed by Kathe Green, daughter of Johnny Green, the music arranger/supervisor on the film. Johnny revealed this for the first time publicly in 1988 during an interview on the 20th anniversary of the film. He says that Mark Lester was "tone deaf and arrhythmic". He originally had two boys set to dub his singing but during post production they realized their voices didn't match Mark's look, so they used Johnny's daughter instead.
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