Best Cast: 1964

My Nominations: The Fall Of The Roman Empire. The Outrage. Fail-Safe. Zulu.

So far this category seems to find epics picking up the most nominations – this is hardly surprising given the natural size of the cast required and the fact that epics of the 60s always had more than their fair share of A-list performers. Two of my four nominees this year are epics, will the remaining half showcasing that rare moment when a relatively small cast pull together to make a perfect whole. The Fall Of The Roman Empire features the likes of Alec Guiness, Omar Sharif, James Mason, Christopher Plummer, Ballyclare’s own Stephen Boyd, and of course, Sophia Loren while Britain’s attempt Zulu sees Michael Caine, Jack Hawkins, Stanley Baker, James Booth, and Richard Burton pulling together. Fail-Safe is a much smaller affair and features the quintet of Henry Fonda, Dan O’Herlihy, Walter Matthau, Frank Overton, and Larry Hagman, while Rashomon remake The Outrage  collects the likes of Paul Newman, Eddie G Robinson, Lawrence Harvey, Claire Bloom, and William Shatner.

My Winner:  The Fall Of The Roman Empire.

Which film of 1964 do you think featured the Best Cast? Let us know in the comments below!

Best Costume Design: 1964

Actual Nominations: As with Cinematography the category was split into BW and color and featured a cross-section of epics and musicals, featuring many of the same films as were nominated for Cinematography. The official winner for BW was Night Of The Iguana but there really isn’t a lot to pick between this and the other nominees- Hush Hush, A House Is Not A Home, Kisses For My President, The Visit. Again the colour nominations are more interesting, with Harry Stradling picking up the win for My Fair Lady. Completing the nominations are Becket, Mary Poppins, Molly Brown, and What A Way To Go. Edith Head’s designs were nominated in both colour and BW, but she did not pick up a win this year.

My Winner: BW: Night Of The Iguana. Colour: Mary Poppins. Few films of the decade had such vibrancy in all areas as Mary Poppins, so it gets my vote over My Fair Lady.

My Nominations: My Fair Lady. Mary Poppins. Band Of Outsiders. A Fistful Of Dollars. The Fall Of The Roman Empire. Zulu.

I’ve added 4 films to the 2 carried over from the official nominations, and only 1 of the 6 is BW. Band Of Outsiders has that timeless cool French Chic thanks largely to Christiane Fageol’s work which is in stark contrast to my other picks. A Fistful Of Dollars is as you would expect, all dirty, beaten ponchos, but it was films like this which started the endearing look and people like Carlo Simi and Maria Casado who perfected it. My final picks are historical epics, a genre which relies heavily on Costume Design to convey authenticity and tone. It may seem easy to pick a popular outfit of the time and put actors in it, but it takes an unprecedented amount of time, detail, and dedication to get everything just right. Arthur Newman may not have had a large career in Wardrobe, but each feature he worked on has that memorable touch. In Zulu he oversees the costumes of our band of under siege soldiers but also the tribal garments of the marauding warriors. However, my win goes to the joint venture between Veniero Colasanti and John Moore (who also provided the Set Design) whose experience of working together on other hits such as El Cid pays off for the lost epic The Fall Of The Roman Empire. Their designs range from outfits for soldiers of all levels to pure tunics for senators to luxurious dresses for Sophia Loren.

My Winner: The Fall Of The Roman Empire. 

Let us know your picks for the best Costume Design of 1964!