Oscar Movies: Cat Ballou (1965)

Columbia (Harold Hecht Productions)

Oscar Nominations: 5

Screenplay (Adapted): Walter Newman and Frank R. Pierson
Actor: Lee Marvin
Song: “The Ballad of Cat Ballou,” music by Jerry Livingston, lyrics by Mack Davis
Scoring of Music: DeVol
Film Editing: Charles Neslon

Oscar Awards: 1


Oscar Context

Lee Marvin, who won the Best Actor Oscar for the spoof Western, “Cat Ballou,” also gave a strong performance in Stanley Kramer's drama, “Ship of Fools,” which was nominated for Best Picture.

The 1965 competition for Best Picture was rather weak. Stanley Kramer's flawed and pretentious “Ship of Fools” and the screen adaptation of the Broadway comedy “A Thousand Clowns” stood no chance of winning. The other two contenders were made by British directors, David Lean's “Doctor Zhivago,” a romantic spectacle, and John Schlesinger' “Darling!” clearly the most innovative of the nominees, earlier singled out by the New York Film Critics.

Robert Bolt won the Adapted Screenplay Oscar for “Doctor Zhivago,” Johnny Mandel and Paul Francis Webster the Song Award for “The Shadow of Your Smile,” from “The Sandpiper,” Irwin Kostal the Scoring for “The Sound of Music,” for which William Reynolds also won the Editing Oscar.