In this 1950 comedy, Spencer Tracy plays the father of the 18-year-old Taylor, who was already appearing in her 14th film! Father of the Bride was a major box office hit and received three Academy Award nominations, including “Best Picture,” “Best Screenplay” and a “Best Actor” nod for Tracy.
This controversial 1966 film resulted in Taylor winning her second “Best Actress” Academy Award (she also won for her performance in 1960’s Butterfield 8). Shedding the glamorous image she was known for, the then 33-year-old actress stunned audiences with her intentionally unglamorous and crazed portrayal of a 57-year-old alcoholic married to her real-life husband, Richard Burton.
One of only two films to have ever received Oscar nominations in every single category it was eligible for (including one for each of the four actors), Virginia Woolf remains one of Hollywood’s most riveting films. Because of the language and subject matter, the MPAA gave the movie a special tagline: “No one under 18 will be admitted unless accompanied by a parent or guardian” (this being a few years before the now famous rating system existed). While much tamer by today’s standards, this is still a brilliant case of capturing unsettling perfection as guided by first-time director Mike Nichols. Still a must-see 50 years since it first hit the big screen.
Enjoy watching Taylor's acting brilliance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in this original theatrical trailer:
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