Oscar Movies: Elmer Gantry

UA release of Burt Lancaster and Richard Brooks production

Oscar Nominations: 5

Picture, produced by Bernard Smith
Screenplay (Adapted): Richard Brooks
Actor: Burt Lancaster
Supporting Actress: Shirley Jones
Score (Drama or Comedy): Andre Previn

Oscar Awards: 3

Supporting Actress
Screenplay (Adapted)

Oscar Context

In 1960, a rather weak year, “Elmer Gantry” competed for the Best Picture Oscar with Billy Wilder's “The Apartment,” which won, John Wayne's “The Alamo,” the British drama “Sons and Lovers,” and Fred Zinnemann's “The Sundowners.”

Director Richard Brooks was overlooked by his peers at the Directors Branch; he would be nominated in 1966 for “The Professionals.”

The winner of the Score Oscar was Ernest Gold for Preminger's “Exodus.”

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