Oscar Movies: Picnic (1955)


Oscar Nominations: 6

Picture, produced by Fred Kohlmar
Director: Joshua Logan
Supporting Actor: Arthur O'Connell
Art Direction-Set Decoration (color): William Flannery and Joe Mielziner; Robert Priestley
Film Editing: Charles Nelson and William A. Lyon
Scoring of a Drama or Comedy: George Duning

Oscar Awards: 2

Art Direction

Oscar Context

In 1955, “Marty” swept most of the Oscars, including Picture and Director. The most nominated (9) film was “The Rose Tattoo,” based on Tennessee Williams play and directed by the other Mann, Daniel. Most of the nominated pictures were screen adaptations of popular stage or TV plays. The other three nominees were the romantic melodrama “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing,” which was the most popular film of the year, John Ford's “Mister Roberts,” and Joshua Logan's “Picnic.”

“Picnic” won the Art Direction and Editing Awards. Jack Lemmon won his first (Supporting) Oscar for “Mister Roberts.” Duning's score became famous for the jazz rendition of “Moonglow,” but the Scoring Oscar went to Alfred Newman for “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing,” which also won the Song Award.