Actual Nominations: BW: Piero Gherardhi – La Dolce Vita. Dorothy Jeakins – The Children’s Hour. Howard Shoup – Claudelle Inglish. Jean Louis – Judgement At Nuremberg. Yoshiro Muraki – Yojimbo. Colour 1961: Irene Sharaff – West Side Story. Bill Thomas – Babes In Toyland. Jean Louis – Back Street. Irene Sharaff – Flower Drum Song. Edith Head/Walter Plunkett – Pocketful Of Miracles.
An interesting year with Jean Louis picking up a nomination in both BW and Colour categories and Irene Sharaff getting two for colour, including the win. Naturally, the eternal Edith Head got her yearly nomination.
My Winner: Out of the actual nominations my winner for colour would be West Side Story, agreeing with The Academy, and for Black and White I would go against La Dolce Vita and choose Yojimbo.
My Nominations: The Children’s Hour. Yojimbo. West Side Story. The Guns Of Navarone. Hogs And Warships. The Human Condition. Nefertiti. The End Of Summer. Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
I’ve picked a few films which missed out on nominations- a few Japanese films marked by elegance, a war film accurately costumed, and Nefertiti, Queen Of The Nile which did a great job capturing the age with a limited budget and what would be deemed a lower quality European cast. It’s difficult to argue with the vibrancy of West Side Story once again, so it gets my vote.
My Winner: West Side Story