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Tom Jones (1963) was a Adventure - Comedy Film directed by Tony Richardson and produced by Tony Richardson, Michael Holden, Oscar Lewenstein and Michael Balcon.

The film was based on the novel The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling written by Henry Fielding published in 1749.

Academy Awards 1963 --- Ceremony Number 36 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorAlbert FinneyNominated
Best Supporting ActorHugh GriffithNominated
Best Supporting ActressDiane CilentoNominated
Best Supporting ActressDame Edith EvansNominated
Best Supporting ActressJoyce RedmanNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Ralph Brinton, Ted Marshall, Jocelyn Herbert; Set Decoration: Josie MacAvinNominated
Best DirectorTony RichardsonWon
Best Music - ScoringJohn AddisonWon
Best PictureTony Richardson, ProducerWon
Best WritingJohn OsborneWon
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Honor: [after the hunt, Tom Jones, injured, lies on a bed with Honor and Sophie tending to him. He pretends to be asleep] Look at him, ma'am. He's the most handsome man I ever saw in my life.
Sophie Western: Why, Honor! I do believe you're in love with him!
Honor: I assure you, ma'am, I'm not.
Sophie Western: If you were, I see no reason that you should be ashamed of it... for he certainly is a handsome fellow.
Honor: That he is. The most handsome man I ever saw in my life. And as you say, ma'am, I don't know why I should be ashamed of looking at him, even though he is my better. For gentle folk are but flesh and blood like other persons. I am an honest person's child, and my mother and father were married, which is more than some people can say as high as they hold their heads.
Sophie Western: [Shocked at her comments] Honor!
Honor: [while Honor continues talking, Tom Jones shows signs of awakening from his feigned sleep] My grandfather was a clergyman and he would have been very angry to have thought any of his family had taken up with Molly Seagrim's leavings... Why, ma'am, the young gentleman is awake.
Sophie Western: Yes, you've awakened him with your foolish chatter.
Tom Jones: I feel awake for the first time ever.


Tom Jones: Sir, I will stand no jesting with this lady's character!


[Squire Western has drunkenly crashed out on the floor]
Miss Western: Rouse yourself from this pastoral torpor, sir!


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The only film to have three nominees for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. The award was won by Margaret Rutherford for The V.I.P.s.
Lynn Redgrave's film debut.
Albert Finney felt the lead role wasn't serious enough, and agreed to star only if he got a producing credit; he later traded the credit for profit participation.
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