Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Overview:

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) was a Drama - Film Adaptation Film directed by Mike Nichols and produced by Ernest Lehman.

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Here is a blistering dissection of the compromises, hidden and not-so-hidden animosities, and ultimate acceptance that make marriage merely a detente in the war between men and women. Nichols's debut as director couldn't have been more auspicious as he applied theatrical experience to Albee's scandalous Broadway success and managed the notoriously combative Burtons to their finest work on-screen. The bitter recriminations begin shortly after 2 a.m. and end at dawn as a tweedy, ineffectual professor and his braying wife (Burton and Taylor) welcome the preppy new prof and his wispy wife (Segal and Dennis) to their home for a nightcap. The following hours are a foul-mouthed, drunken brawl of lust and disappointments that ends with the knowledge that the characters need the emotional roughhousing simply to feel anything at all. An astonishing feat for the actors, the director, and for cinematographer Wexler, who makes his camera waltz and duck punches.

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2013.

Academy Awards 1966 --- Ceremony Number 39 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorRichard BurtonNominated
Best Supporting ActorGeorge SegalNominated
Best ActressElizabeth TaylorWon
Best Supporting ActressSandy DennisWon
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Richard Sylbert; Set Decoration: George James HopkinsWon
Best CinematographyHaskell WexlerWon
Best Costume DesignIrene SharaffWon
Best DirectorMike NicholsNominated
Best Film EditingSam O'SteenNominated
Best Music - ScoringAlex NorthNominated
Best PictureErnest Lehman, ProducerNominated
Best WritingErnest LehmanNominated
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Honey: I dance like the wind.


George: All I said was that our son, the apple of our three eyes, Martha being a cyclops, our son is a beanbag, and you get testy!


Martha: Look, sweetheart, I can drink you under any goddamn table you want, so don't worry about me.


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Mercedes McCambridge had portrayed "Martha" onstage and sought after the film role.
In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #67 Greatest Movie of All Time. It was the first inclusion of this film on the list.
Jack Lemmon was the only actor to be offered the role of George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? before Richard Burton was cast. He accepted the role but quickly changed his mind the next day without offering any explanation.
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