Oscar Movies: Nicholas and Alexandra (1971)

Columbia (Horizon Pictures Production, UK)

One of two historical epics nominated for Best Picture Oscar in the l970s, “Nicholas and Alexandra” did not deserve nomination; the other was Kubrick's masterpiece, “Barry Lyndon,” in 1975.

Oscar Nominations: 6

Picture, produced by Sam Spiegel
Actress: Janet Suzman
Art Direction-Set Decoration: John Box, Ernest Archer, Jack Maxsted, Gil Parrondo; Vernon Dixon
Cinematography: Freddie Young
Dramatic Score (Original): Richard Rodney Bennett
Costume Design: Yvonne Blake and Antonia Castillo

Oscar Awards: 2

Art Direction
Costume Design

Oscar Context

In 1971, Kubrick's “Clockwork Orange” lost in each and every category to “The French Connection,” which won Best Picture, Best Director for William Friedkin, Best Screenplay for Ernest Tidyman, and Best Editing for Jerry Greenberg. The other three Best Picture nominees were Norman Jewison's musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” Bogdanovich's superb period small-town drama “The Last Picture Show,” and the old-fashioned historical epic “Nicholas and Alexandra.”

Oswald Morris won the Cinematography for “Fiddler on the Roof,” and Michel Legrand the Score award for “Summer of '42.”