Oscar Movies: Lion in Winter, The (1968)

Avco Embassy
(Haworth Productions)

March 14, 2007please post187

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Picture, produced by Martin Poll
Director: Anthony Harvey
Screenplay (Adapted): James Goldman
Actor: Peter O'Toole
Actress: Katharine Hepburn
Score (Original): John Barry
Costume Design: Margaret Furse

Oscar Awards: 3

Actress
Screenplay
Score (Original)

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.

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.