Oscar Movies: Oliver! (1968)

: 11

Picture, produced by John Woolf
Director: Carol Reed
Screenplay (Adapted): Vernon Harris
Actor: Ron Moody
Supporting Actor: Jack Wild
Cinematography: Oswald Morris
Score of a Musical Film (Original or Adapted): John Green
Art Direction-Set Decoration: John Box and Terence Marsh; Vernon Dixon and Ken Muggleston
Film Editing: Ralph Kemplen
Costume Design: Phyllis Dalton
Sound: Shepperton Studio

Oscar Awards: 5

Art Direction-Set Decoration

Honorary Oscar to Onna White for her outstanding choreography achievement

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.” T would take another 22 years for another musical, “Chicago” in 2002, to nab the Best Picture Oscar.

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.