Oscar Movies: Grand Prix–3 Oscars

One of the greatest racing spectacles ever to reach the motion picture screen starring James Garner.

John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate, Birdman of Alcatraz, Ronin) directs a superb international cast in this epic saga of four Formula 1 race car drivers gunning for glory on tracks around the world.

Filled with high-octane excitement and authenticity, the film won three Academy Awards: for Editing, Sound and Sound Effects.

Heading the all-star cast are James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, Toshiro Mifune, Brian Bedford (Nixon), Jessica Walter (Play Misty for Me, TV’s “Arrested Development”), Antonio Sabato (Desert Warrior), Fran√ßoise Hardy (Masculine-Feminine), Claude Dauphin (Barbarella) and Genevieve Page.

Grand Prix was shot in locations throughout France, Italy, Monaco, England and Belgium at a series of races, winding up at the British Grand Prix, where glory awaits one champion and tragedy another.

The film also offers a glimpse inside the Ferrari factory in Maranello, Italy. The split-screen images in Grand Prix capture the overlapping drama involved in racing and you-are-there POV camerawork intensifies the hard-driving thrills.

Nearly 30 top drivers of the day took part in the adventure.

Oscar Context:

Grand Prix won three Oscars:

Sound: Franklin Milton

Film Editing: Fredric Steinkamp, Henry Berman, Stewart Linder, Frank Santillo

Sound Effects: Gordon Daniel