Oscar Movies: Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

Oscar Nominations: 5

Actress: Diana Ross

Story and Screenplay (Adapted): Terence McCloy, Chris Clark, Suzanne de Passe

Art Direction-Set Decoration: Carl Anderson; Reg Allen

Scoring: Gil Askey

Costume design: Bob Mackie, Ray Aghayan, Norma Koch

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:


The winner of Best Actress Oscar was Liza Minnelli for Bob Fosse’s musical “Cabaret,” which also won Art Direction and Scoring.

Jeremy Larner won the Screenplay Award for “The Candidate,” and Anthony Powell the Costume Design Oscar for “Travels With My Aunt.”




Billie Holiday (Diana Ross)

Louis McKay (Billy Dee Williams)

Piano Man (Richard Pryor)

Reg Hanley (James Callahan)

Harry (Paul Hampton)

Jerry (Sid Melton)

Mama Holiday (Virginia Capers)

Yvonne (Yvonne Fair)

Big Ben (Scatman Crothers)

Hawk (Robert L. Gordy)


Produced by Jay Weston and James S. White

Directed by Sidney J. Furie

Screenplay: Terence McCloy, Chris Clark, Suzanne De Passe, based on the book by Billie Holliday and William Duffy

Camera: John Alonso

Editing: Argyle Nelson

Music: Michel Legrand

Production design: Carl Anderson

Costume Design: Bob Mackie, Ray Aghayan, Norma Koch