Oscar Movies: Days of Wine and Roses


J. P. Miller based his dramatic script on his successful teleplay (for Playhouse 90 TV), produced during the late 1950s with Cliff Robertson and Piper Laurie. As directed by Blake Edwards (just before the “Pink Panther movies), “Days of Wine and Roses” is a character-driven narrative that goes beyond Billy Wilder's “The Lost Weekend” as a chronicle of alcoholism and its devastating effects on one couple.

Oscar Nominations: 5

Actor: Jack Lemmon
Actress: Lee Remick
Art Direction-Set Decoration (b/w): Joseph Wright; George James Hopkins
Costume Design (b/w): Don Feld
Song: “Days of Wine and Roses,” music by Henry Mancini, lyrics by Johnny Mercer

Oscar Awards: 1


Oscar Context

In 1962, the Best Actor Oscar went to Gregory Peck for “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which also won Art Direction. The Best Actress winner was Anne Bancroft in “The Miracle Worker.” The b/w Costume Design Oscar went to Norma Koch for Robert Aldrich's “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane”