The King and I
first and only nomination; National Board of Review winner for Best Actor; Golden Globe nominee for Best Actor - Musical/Comedy, NYFCC Awards runner-up for Best Actor
second and final nomination
Lust for Life
third and final nomination; Golden Globe winner for Best Actor - Drama, NYFCC Awards winner for Best Actor
first and only nomination
past winner, fifth of ten nominations for acting; BAFTA Award winner for Best British Actor; NYFCC Awards second runner-up for Best ActorGenius or showboating? Olivier gleefully, campily walks that tightrope throughout the film, giving us a Richard who delights in performing, who has to brag on himself to the audience, who glories in his genius and cunning even as everyone else in court openly distrusts him. His conspiratorial smirks, his rolling r's, his loud, snotty tone: he's a diva in want of a stage.
The Oscar Went to Yul Brynner:
But my vote goes to:
Tomorrow - oh, gosh, the nominees for Best Picture are finally coming: Around the World in Eighty Days, Friendly Persuasion, Giant, The King and I and The Ten Commandments.