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The Oscar (1966)

Approved | | Drama | 8 July 1966 (UK)
Snotty Hollywood actor becomes even more full of himself after he's nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Frankie Fane has clawed his way to the top of the Hollywood heap. Now, as he's preparing to win his Oscar, his friend Hymie Kelly reminisces over their life together, and Frankie's ruthless struggle to the top and the people he's stepped on (i.e., everyone else in the movie) to make it there. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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The breath-taking race for Hollywood's highest award! See more »

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El Óscar  »

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The Richard Sale novel on which this film is based followed Frank Fane as he systematically ruined the chances of his four fictitious Oscar rivals. In the movie, the other four Best Actor nominees are actual Hollywood stars, "nominated" as Best Actor for fictitious film titles. See more »

Goofs

In the scene in the yacht Frankie says he pushed a rack on 28th street. The garment center in New York City is between 34th & 40th streets. See more »

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Kay Bergdahl: Hymie, deep thinker, explain to me the ethical structure of the universe.
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References The Barefoot Contessa (1954) See more »

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Carmen Carmela
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Don't miss Tony Bennett as Hymie Kelly!
21 July 2002 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Atrocious film from producer Joseph E. Levine, here ripping the lid off the Hollywood can but getting nothing out of it except hot air. Ruthless, snarling Stephen Boyd scratches his way up from seamy strip joints (as manager for the non-blushing Jill St. John) to the top of the H-wood heap as the world's most constipated actor. Laughable backstage melodrama is high camp, but how can one laugh without feeling sorry for all the embarrassed personalities on the screen--none more so than Tony Bennett, looking like a basset hound in a tuxedo. The fifth-rate screenplay is full of now-legendary fruit-loop lines, boiling over with 'significance', while the surroundings (once considered plush) now look tatty. Elke Sommer (as a sketch artist for Edith Head!) is the one cast member who doesn't bulldoze her way through the picture. Otherwise, it ain't for the squeamish! *1/2 from ****


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