Oscar Movies: Paris Blues (1961)

United Artists


“Paris Blues” was Paul Newman’s second picture with Martin Ritt, who would become the most influential director of his career (“Hud”) and his fourth with his wife-actress Joanne Woodward.  A rather simple story about jazz musicians in Paris benefited from on location in the City of Lights and a wonderful, interracial cast that also included the great Sidney Poitier and Diahann Carroll.  The legendary musicians Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington also appeared in the picture. 

Oscar Alert


Oscar Nominations: 1


Scoring of Musical Picture: Duke Ellington


Oscar Context


Ellington lost out the Oscar to the team of the Oscar-winner “West Side Story,” Saul Chaplin, Johnny Green, Sid Ramin, and Irwin  Kostal.