Oscar Movies: Sound of Music, The (1965)

20thy Century-Fox

Oscar Nominations: 10

Picture, produced by Robert Wise
Director: Robert Wise
Actress: Julie Andrews
Supporting Actress: Peggy Wood
Cinematography (color): Ted McCord
Film Editing: William Reynolds
Score (Musical) (Adaptation): Irwin Kostal
Art Direction-Set Decoration (color): Boris Leven; Walter M. Scott and Ruby Levitt
Costume Design (color): Dorothy Jeakins
Sound: James P. Corcoran

Oscar Awards: 5

Music Score
Film Editing

Oscar Context

The 1965 competition for Best Picture was rather weak. Stanley Kramer's flawed and pretentious “Ship of Fools” and the screen adaptation of the Broadway comedy “A Thousand Clowns” stood no chance of winning. The other two contenders were made by British directors, David Lean's “Doctor Zhivago,” a romantic spectacle, and John Schlesinger' “Darling!” clearly the most innovative of the nominees, earlier singled out by the New York Film Critics.

For most Academy members, the choice was between “The Sound of Music” and “Doctor Zhivago,” each of which received ten nominations. At the end of the day, the awards were also equally divided, with each movie getting five, though, except for screenplay (Robert Bolt), “Doctor Zhivago” received mostly technical awards, such as Color Cinematography (Freddie Young), Color Art Direction-Set Decoration (John Box and Terry Marsh), and Color Costume Design (Phyllis Dalton).