Winner '55:
First Saw It:
March 2000, on video
Bridesmaids: Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing, Mister Roberts, Picnic, The Rose Tattoo
My Vote: Marty trounces the two I've seen, but I have hope for Roberts and Picnic
Overlooked: East of Eden, All that Heaven Allows, The Wages of Fear, The Night of the Hunter

First screened in March 2000 / Most recently screened in December 2007
Director: Delbert Mann. Cast: Ernest Borgnine, Betsy Blair, Esther Minciotti, Joe Mantell, Augusta Ciolli, Jerry Paris, Karen Steele. Screenplay: Paddy Chayefsky (based on his teleplay).

Twitter Capsule: Hard to suss why it caught the zeitgeist so fully on release, but perceptive, patient, gentle. Borgnine, Blair a sweet pair.

VOR:   Maybe the most famous example of prestige TV inspiring a critically and popularly embraced film. Relic of U.S. media's brief, mid-50s embrace of working-class stories.

Photo © 1955 United Artists

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: Delbert Mann
Best Actor: Ernest Borgnine
Best Supporting Actress: Betsy Blair
Best Supporting Actor: Joe Mantell
Best Screenplay: Paddy Chayefsky
Best Cinematography (Black & White): Joseph LaShelle
Best Art Direction (Black & White): Ted Haworth & Walter M. Simonds; Robert Priestley

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Actor (Drama): Ernest Borgnine

Other Awards:
Cannes Film Festival: Palme d'Or (Best Picture); OCIC Award
Directors Guild of America: Best Director
Writers Guild of America: Best Written American Drama
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Picture; Best Actor (Borgnine)
National Board of Review: Best Picture; Best Actor (Borgnine)
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Foreign Actress (Blair); Best Foreign Actor (Borgnine)

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