West Side Story

Best Picture
Academy Awards
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Academy Awards
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Academy Awards
What [the filmmakers] have done...moving it from stage to screen is to reconstruct its fine material into nothing short of a cinema masterpiece.


West Side Story

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One of the most honored and commercially successful of all movie musicals, WEST SIDE STORY earned a near-record 10 Academy Awards in 1961.The film version of the groundbreaking stage musical that re-imagined Romeo and Juliet in contemporary New York City retained and deepened the play’s emotional impact by bringing together a show business all-star team. The show’s director and choreographer, Jerome Robbins, worked with veteran filmmaker Robert Wise to transform the theatrical experience into electrifying cinema. Robbins and Wise reworked the classic Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim score and came up with fresh casting ideas for this ever timely story of racial prejudice and conflict. The stars of the movie included Natalie Wood, Russ Tamblyn, Oscar winner George Chakiris, and Oscar winner Rita Moreno.
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Drama, Musical, Romance, Repertory, Throwback Thursdays
Jerome Robbins
Robert Wise
Natalie Wood, George Chakiris, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno
Winner, Best Picture, Academy Awards
Winner, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Academy Awards
Winner, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Academy Awards
Winner, Best Cinematography, Academy Awards
Winner, Best Production Design, Academy Awards
Winner, Best Costume Design, Academy Awards
Winner, Best Sound Mixing, Academy Awards
Winner, Best Film Editing, Academy Awards
Winner, Best Music (Original Score), Academy Awards
Nominee, Best Adapted Screenplay, Academy Awards

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