Oscar Movies: Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

Oscar Nominations: 8

Picture, produced by Norman Jewison
Director: Norman Jewison
Actor: Topol
Supporting Actor: Leonard Frey
Cinematography: Oswald Morris
Art Direction-Set Decoration: Robert Boyle and Michael Stringer; Peter Lamont
Sound: Gordon K. McCallum and David Hildyard
Scoring: John Williams

Oscar Awards: 3


Oscar Context

In 1971, Norman Jewison's musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” competed with “The French Connection,” which won Best Picture and other Oscars; Kubrick's “A Clockwork Orange,” Bogdanovich's period drama “The Last Picture Show,” and the historical chronicle “Nicholas and Alexandra.”

No one expected William Friedkin's New York thriller-actioner “The French Connection” to either become such a major critical and commercial hit or to win the 1971 Oscar, but it did.

Topol, who played the part in the Tel-Aviv and London productions became the first Israeli actor to be Oscar-nominated; the Best Actor was Gene Hackman for “The French Connection.”

Ben Johnson won the Supporting Actor Oscar for “The Last Picture Show,” and the Art Direction Award went to the historical melodrama, “Nicholas and Alexandra.”