Oscar Movies: Cleopatra (1963)


Oscar Nominations: 9

Picture, produced by Walter Wanger
Actor: Rex Harrison
Cinematography (color): Leon Shamroy
Art Direction-Set Decoration (color): John DeCuir, Jack Martin Smith, Hilyard Brown, Herman Blumenthal, Elven Webb, Maurice Pelling, and Boris Juraga; Walter M. Scott, Paul S. Fox, and Ray Moyer
Costume Design (color): Irene Sharaff, Vittorio Nino Novarese, and Renie
Music Score (Original): Alex North
Film Editing: Dorothy Spencer
Special Visual Effects: Emil Kosa, Jr.
Sound: James Corcoran and Fred Hynes

Oscar Awards: 5

Art Direction
Costume Design
Special Visual Effects

Oscar Context

Artistically, “Tom Jones” was superior to all the other nominees in 1963: Kazan's personal drama, “America, America;” Mankiewicz's problematic “Cleopatra,” which sank Fox financially; Ford's tired and old-fashioned anthology, “How the West Was Won;” and “Lilies of the Field,” which won Sidney Poitier the Best Picture, thus depriving Albert Finney of the honor.

In recognition of the massive effort, the Academy honored “Cleopatra” with its technical Oscars.