Academy Award for Best Picture (Lewis Gilbert)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Vivien Merchant)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Bill Naughton)Award details: (details at IMDb)
Alfie is a 1966 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Michael Caine. It is an adaptation by Bill Naughton of his own novel and play of the same name. The film was released by Paramount Pictures. Alfie tells the story of a young womaniser who leads a self-centred life, purely for his own enjoyment, until events force him to question his uncaring behaviour and his loneliness. He cheats on numerous women, and despite his charm towards women, he treats them with disrespect and refers to them as "it", using them for sex and for domestic purposes. Alfie frequently breaks the fourth wall by speaking directly to the camera narrating and justifying his actions. His words often contrast with or totally contradict his actions. This was the first film to receive the "suggested for mature audiences" classification by the Motion Picture Association of America in the United States, which evolved into the modern PG rating. The film had it's World Premiere at the Plaza Theatre in the West End of London on 24 March 1966.