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|
Fagin: [singing] A wife you can keep, anyway/ I'd rather sleep, anyway.
Mr. Bumble: Mother came to us destitute. Brings a child into the world, takes one look at him and promptly dies - -without leaving so much as a forwarding name and address!
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Early rumors regarding casting included Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor as Bill and Nancy, and either Laurence Harvey or Peter Sellers as Fagin; though eventually Ron Moody was asked to reprise his stage role. Jack Wild had played one of Fagin's boys in the London production, but was now old enough to play the Artful Dodger. Shani Wallis finally won the role of Nancy nearly a year after first auditioning when she demonstrated an acceptable Cockney accent - the one she grew up with.
The first film with an MPAA rating to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.
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