Oscar Movies: Graduate, The (1967)

Embassy Pictures (Mike Nichols-Lawrence Turman Production)

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Oscar nominations: 7

Picture, produced by Lawrence Turman
Director: Mike Nichols
Screenplay (Adapted): Calder Willingham and Buck Henry
Actor: Dustin Hoffman
Actress: Anne Bancroft
Supporting Actress: Katharine Ross
Cinematography: Robert Surtees

Oscar awards: 1

Director

Oscar Context:

In 1967, “The Graduate” competed for the Best Picture Oscar with “Bonnie and Clyde,” the musical Doctor Dolittle,” the interracial serio-comedy “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner” and the small-town drama, also dealing with interracial
Issues, “In the Heat of the Night.”

Mike Nichols won the Directing Oscar for his second, consecutive nomination; the first was for the black-and-white adaptation of Edward Albee's Tony award-winning play, “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf”

Starring in two of the Best Picture nominees (“Guess Who's Coming to Dinner” and “In the Heat of the Night”), Sidney Poitier became the first black actor to become a major box-office star.

Though giving the performance of her career, Anne Bancroft lost out the Best Actress to Katharine Hepburn who won her third Oscar for “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner” Bancroft had won the kudo in 1962 for “The Miracle of Helen Keller.” Dustin Hoffman lost the Oscar to Rod Steiger, the sheriff in “In the Heat of the Night.”

Burnett Guffey won the Cinematography Oscar for “Bonnie and Clyde,” which also the Supporting Actress for Estelle Parsons.