Oscar Movies: Doctor Dolittle (1967)


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Oscar nominations: 9

Picture, produced by Arthur P. Jacobs
Cinematography: Robert Surtees
Art Direction-Set Decoration: Mario Chiari, Jack Martin Smith, and Ed Graves; Walter M. Scott and Stuart A. Reiss
Sound: Fox Sound Department
Scoring of Music (Adaptation or Treatment): Lionel Newman and Alexander Courage
Film Editing: Samuel E. Beetley and Marjorie Fowler
Song: “Talk to the Animals,” music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Special Visual Effects: L. B. Abbott

Oscar awards: 2

Special Visual Effects

Oscar Context:

In 1967, “Doctor Dolittle” competed for the Best Picture Oscar with Arthur Penn's Depression era crime saga “Bonnie and Clyde,” the comedy “The Graduate,” Stanley Kramer's interracial drama-drama “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner” and Norman Jewison interracial policier, “In the Heat of the Night,” which won Best Picture and Actor.

One of the weakest films to be nominated for Best Picture, “Doctor Dolittle” lost in most of its categories, including Art Direction and Scoring, which were given to Alfred Newman and Ken Darby for “Camelot.” Elmer Bernstein won the Original Score that year for the Julie Andrews musical vehicle, “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”