Oscar Movies: Zorba the Greek

Michael Cacoyannis's most artistically effective picture is also his most commercial one.

Oscar Nominations: 7

Picture, produced by Michael Cacoyannis
Director: Michael Cacoyannis
Screenplay (Adapted): Michael Cacoyannis
Actor: Anthony Quinn
Supporting Actress: Lila Kedrova
Cinematography (B&W): Walter Lassally
Art Direction-Set Decoration (B&W): Vassilis Fotopoulos

Oscar Awards: 3

Supprting Actress
Art Direction-Set Decoration

Oscar Context

“Zorba the Greek” competed for the Best Picture Oscar with the moral-religious drama “Becket,” Stanley Kubrick's darkly humorous and prophetic political satire “Dr. Strangelove,” and two very different musicals “Mary Poppins,” and George Cukor's “My Fair Lady,” which swept most of the awards. Ironically, Julie Andrews had originated the lead role in “My Fair Lady,” but was not cast when the stage hit was made into a movie due to her lack of commercial appeal.