Cross Creek (1983): Martin Ritt’s Oscar-Nominated Biopic of Author Marjorie Kennan Rawlings (The Yearling)

Martin Ritt goes back to his favorite filmic locale, the South, in this biopic of author Marjorie Kennan Rawlings (played by Mary Steenbergen), depicting her move to Florida in search for good literary material. The film is well acted but it’s slow-paced and lacks dramatic life or any other energy.
Hollywood had previously adapted with great success Marjorie Kennan Rawlings’ novel “The Yearling,” into an Oscar nominated film, starring Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman.
Oscar Nominations: 4
Supporting Actor: Rip Torn
Supporting Actress: Alfre Woodard
Original Score: Leonard Rosenberg
Costume Design: Joe I. Tompkins
Oscar Awards: None
Oscar Context:
The winner of the Supporting Actor was Jack Nicholson for “Terms of Endearment,” which won Best Picture and other awards. Linda Hunt received the Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for “The Year of Living Dangerously.”
The scoring award went to Bill Conti for “The Right Stuff,” and the Costume Design to Marik Vos for Ingmar Bergman’s children’s fable, “Fanny & Alexandra.”
Produced by Robert B. Radnitz and Martin Ritt