Monday, February 8, 2016

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Academy Awards, USA 1968

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn was not present at the awards ceremony. George Cukor accepted the award on her behalf.
Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen
William Rose
Best Picture
Stanley Kramer
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Spencer Tracy
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Cecil Kellaway
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Beah Richards
Best Director
Stanley Kramer
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Robert Clatworthy
Frank Tuttle
Best Film Editing
Robert C. Jones
Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment
Frank De Vol

Columbia Pictures
Directed by Stanley Kramer
My rating: 3.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, Sony)

When the daughter of an aging couple returns home from a vacation with her new fiance, they are shocked to discover he is a "negro" (using the vernacular of the film). Katherine Hepburn gets over her initial misgivings rather quickly when she realizes how happy he makes her daughter. Spencer Tracy, her father, takes a little more convincing. When his parents fly in for dinner the same night, well things get a little tense. The film has dated very little, which is a sad commentary on modern society. William Rose's screenplay is rather stagy, to the point I thought it must have been based on a play, but apparently that is not the case. The usually dependable Sidney Poitier struggles to convince in his role, and is overshadowed by old pro's Hepburn and Tracy.

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