Oscar Movies: Miracle Worker, The (1962)

Oscar Nominations: 5

Director: Arthur Penn
Screenplay (adapted): William Gibson
Actress: Anne Bancroft
Supporting Actress: Patty Duke
Costume (b/w): Ruth Morley

Oscar Awards: 2

Supporting Actress

Oscar Context

In 1962, David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” swept most of theOscars, including Best Picture and Best Director

Director Alert

Despite several Oscar nominations, including one for the seminal “Bonnie and Clyde” in 1967, Arthur Penn had never won a legit Director Oscar.

Repeating her huge stage success on Broadway, as the harsh Anne Sullivan, the devoted teacher of the deaf and blind girl, Helen Keller (Patty Duke), Anne Bancroft gave a strong, riveting performance of a woman determined to break through the barriers of communication at all costs. Duke won a Supporting Oscar for her role.