Best Art Direction: 1961

Actual Nominations:   The Absent Minded Professor. The Children’s Hour. The Hustler. Judgment At Nuremberg. La Dolce Vita. Breakfast At Tiffany’s. El Cid. Flower Drum Song. Summer And Smoke. West Side Story.

It’s difficult to argue against West Side Story as winner due to it being so vibrant and energetic. Out of the actual nominations it would be my winner too, but a lot of this is down to the sheer force of budget which other films couldn’t compete with. The other nominations each share a passion for looking damn good, and lend a realsim to their individual stories and places.

Rockets Vs Dolphins

My Nominations: The Absent Minded Professor. West Side Story. Breakfast At Tiffany’s. El Cid. Atlantis, The Lost Continent. The Pit And The Pendulum.

Ah ha! But the Oscars left out a classic of art direction and scope when they didn’t nominate Corman’s gothic hit. Timeless sets and a unique look lend the adaptation of Poe’s tale a fearful vibe which today’s films can’t equal. Atlantis comes close also for similar reasons, while it always seemed strange that Breakfast At Tiffany’s didn’t receive a nomination here.

My Winner: The Pit And The Pendulum.

Preparing The Pit
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