1961 in film

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The year 1961 in film involved some significant events, with West Side Story winning 10 Academy Awards.

Top grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. West Side Story United Artists Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, and Russ Tamblyn $43,656,822[1]
2. The Guns of Navarone Columbia Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, and David Niven $28,900,000[2]
3. El Cid Allied Artists Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren $26,600,000[3]
4. The Absent-Minded Professor Walt Disney Productions Fred MacMurray, Nancy Olson, Keenan Wynn, Tommy Kirk, Leon Ames, Elliot Reid, and Ed Wynn $25,381,407[4]
5. The Parent Trap Walt Disney Productions Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, and Brian Keith $25,150,385[5]
6. La Dolce Vita Koch-Lorber Films Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg $19,516,000[6]
7. Lover Come Back Universal Doris Day and Rock Hudson $16,937,969[7]
8. King of Kings MGM Jeffrey Hunter $14,483,352[8]
9. One Hundred and One Dalmatians Walt Disney Productions voices of Rod Taylor, Ben Wright, Betty Lou Gerson, Cate Bauer, and J. Pat O'Malley $14,000,000[9]
10. Splendor in the Grass Warner Bros. Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty $11,426,000
11. Blue Hawaii Paramount Elvis Presley $10,440,453[10]
12. Judgment at Nuremberg United Artists Spencer Tracy, Maximilian Schell, Burt Lancaster, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich $10,000,000[11]
13. Breakfast at Tiffany's Paramount Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard $9,551,904[12]
14. The Misfits MGM Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, and Montgomery Clift $8,200,000[13]

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: West Side Story - Mirisch-B&P Enterprises, United Artists
Best Director: Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins - West Side Story
Best Actor: Maximilian Schell - Judgment at Nuremberg
Best Actress: Sophia Loren - Two Women
Best Supporting Actor: George Chakiris - West Side Story
Best Supporting Actress: Rita Moreno - West Side Story
Best Foreign Language Film: Through a Glass Darkly (Såsom i en spegel), directed by Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: The Guns of Navarone
Best Actor: Maximilian Schell - Judgement at Nuremberg
Best Actress: Geraldine Page - Summer and Smoke
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture (tie): A Majority of One
Best Picture (tie): West Side Story
Best Actor: Glenn Ford - Pocketful of Miracles
Best Actress: Rosalind Russell - A Majority of One
Other
Best Director: Stanley Kramer - Judgment at Nuremberg

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

The Long Absence (Une aussi longue absence), directed by Henri Colpi, France
Viridiana, directed by Luis Buñuel, Spain

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Last Year at Marienbad (L'année dernière à Marienbad), directed by Alain Resnais, France

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

La Notte (The Night), directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Box Office Information for West Side Story. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  2. ^ Box Office Information for |The Guns of Navarone. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  3. ^ Box Office Information for El Cid. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  4. ^ Box Office Information for The Absent-Minded Professor. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  5. ^ Box Office Information for The Parent Trap. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  6. ^ Box Office Information for The Absent-Minded Professor. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  7. ^ Box Office Information for Lover Come Back. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  8. ^ Box Office Information for King of Kings. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  9. ^ Box Office Information for One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  10. ^ Box Office Information for Blue Hawaii. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  11. ^ Box Office Information for Judgment at Nuremberg. The Numbers. Retrieved April 14, 2012.
  12. ^ Box Office Information for Breakfast at Tiffany's. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  13. ^ Box Office Information for The Misfits. The Numbers. Retrieved September 7, 2013.