Oscar Movies: West Side Story (1961)

United Artists

Mirisch Pictures

Oscar Nominations: 11

Best Picture, produced by Robert Wise
Director: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
Screenplay (adapted): Ernest Lehman
Supporting Actor: George Chakiris
Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno
Cinematography (color): Daniel L. Fapp
Editing: Thomas Stanford
Score: Saul Chaplin
Art Direction-Set Decoration (color): Boris Leven, Victor a. Gangelin
Costume design (color): Irene Sharaff
Sound: Fred Hynes, Gordon E. Sawyer

Oscar Awards: 10

“West Side Story” is also one of the few winners in the Academy's history to receive awards in all (ten) but one of its nominations, writing: Ernest Lehman lost to Abby Mann for Stanley Kramer's courtroom drama, “Judgment at Nuremberg.”

In the Academy's annals, “West Side Story” ranks third, next to “Ben-Hur” and “Titantic,” as the most Oscar-honored film.

Oscar Context:

In 1961, the four other Best Picture nominees were the old-fashioned melodrama “Fanny”; the WWII adventure “The Guns of Navarone”; “the poignant drama “The Hustler”; and the courtroom drama “Judgment at Nuremberg,” which was the most nominated film of the year.

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