Oscar Movies: Irma La Douce (1963)

Mirisch (Phalanx/Alperson Production)

Oscar Nominations: 3

Actress: Shirley MacLaine
Cinematography (color): Joseph LaShelle
Score (Adapted): Andre Previn

Oscar Awards: 1


Oscar Context

“Tom Jones” is the first allBritish film to win the Best Picture Oscar since Olivier's “Hamlet,” in 1948. Artistically, “Tom Jones” was superior to all the other nominees in 1963: Kazan's personal drama, “America, America;” Mankiewicz's problematic “Cleopatra,” which almost sank Fox; Ford's tired and old-fashioned anthology, “How the West Was Won;” and “Lilies of the Field,” which won Sidney Poitier the Best Picture, thus depriving Finney of the honor.

The winner of the Best Actress Oscar was Patricia Neal for Martin Ritt's drama “Hud.” LaShelles who was also nominated in 1963 (alongside other lensers) for “How the West Was Won,” lost out to Leon Shamroy, who received the award for “Cleopatra.”