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Thumbnail for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 79
Notable as: Black comedy, Award-Winning WorkGenre: Black comedy, Film adaptation, Marriage Drama, DramaMain subject: alcoholismRuntime: 131 minutesLanguage: English, Latin, SpanishCountry: United StatesDirector: Mike NicholsScreenwriter: Ernest Lehman, Edward AlbeeMusic: Alex NorthCinematography: Haskell WexlerStars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis, Agnes Flanagan, Frank FlanaganProducer: Ernest LehmanAwards won: Academy Award for Best Actress (Elizabeth Taylor)
Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Black and White (George Hopkins)
Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Haskell Wexler)
Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Sandy Dennis)
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Richard Burton)
Academy Award for Best Director (Mike Nichols)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Sam O'Steen)
Academy Award for Best Original Score (Alex North)
Academy Award for Best Picture (Ernest Lehman)
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (George Segal)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Ernest Lehman)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a 1966 American black comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols. The screenplay by Ernest Lehman is an adaptation of the play of the same title by Edward Albee. It stars Elizabeth Taylor as Martha and Richard Burton as George, with George Segal as Nick and Sandy Dennis as Honey. The film was nominated for thirteen Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Mike Nichols, and is one of only two films to be nominated in every eligible category at the Academy Awards. All of the film's four main actors were nominated in their respective acting categories. The film won five awards, including a second Academy Award for Best Actress for Elizabeth Taylor and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Sandy Dennis. However, the film lost to A Man for All Seasons for the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay awards, and both Richard Burton and George Segal failed to win in their categories. In 2013, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".


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