Oscar Movies: Funny Girl

Columbia (Rastar Production)

Oscar Nominations: 8

Picture, produced by Ray Stark Actress: Barbra Streisand Supporting Actress: Kay Medford Cinematography: Harry Stradling Score of a Musical Film (Original or Adapted): Walter Scharf Film Editing: Robert Swink, Maury Winetrobe, William Sands Song: “Funny Girl,” music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Bob Merrill

Oscar Awards: 1


Oscar Context

In 1968, “Oliver!” was not the only musical vying for the Best Picture Oscar. The other nominee was William Wyler's screen adaptation of the Broadway hit, “Funny Girl.”

These musicals competed with two historical dramas, “The Lion in Winter” and Zeffirelli's rendition of Shakespeare's “Romeo and Juliet.” The fifth nominee featured Paul Newman directorial debut in the intimate drama, “Rachel, Rachel, starring his wife-actress Joanne Woodward.

“Oliver” emerged as the big winner, and “Funny Lady,” though nominated for 8 Oscars, won only one, Best Actress for Barbra Streisand. In an unprecedented move, that happened only once in the Academy's history, a tie was declared in the Best Actress category between Streisand and Katharine Hepburn, who won her third Oscar for “The Lion in Winter.”

There has been only one tie in the Best Actor category, in 1931-32, when Wallace Beery (“The Champ”) and Frederic March (“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”) both won the Best Actor Oscar.