Oscar Impact: The Apartment and American Beauty

Although Jack Lemmon did not win the 1960 Best Actor Oscar for The Apartment, Kevin Spacey dedicated his Oscar for American Beauty (1999) to Lemmon’s performance.

The film’s director, Sam Mendes, said he had watched The Apartment (among other classic American films) as inspiration and preparation for shooting his film.

Only two black-and-white movies have won the Academy Award for Best Picture after The ApartmentSchindler’s List (1993) and The Artist (2011).