Best Man, The (1964): Oscar-Nominated Political Drama, Written by Gore Vidal, Starring Henry Fonda

Franklin J. Schaffner directed The Best Man, from a screenplay by Gore Vidal based on his play of the same title, starring Henry Fonda, Cliff Robertson, and Lee Tracy.

The film details the seamy political maneuverings behind the nomination of a presidential candidate.

The impressive supporting cast features Edie Adams, Margaret Leighton, Ann Sothern, Shelley Berman, Gene Raymond, and Kevin McCarthy.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Lee Tracy was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance, and it was his final film.

Oscar Awards: None 

 

Oscar Context:

The winner of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar was Peter Ustinov for the heist comedy “Topkapi,”  in a race that included John Gielgud in “Becket,” Stanley Holloway in “My Fair Lady,” and Edmond O’Brien in “Seven Days in May.”