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    This movie was nominated for 5 Oscars and won 3:  Best Actress,  Best Original Screenplay, and  Costume Design for a Black-and-White film. It   lost Best Picture and  Best Director to  Robert Wise for The Sound Of Music. 

    What do you guys think of this film? I personally found it rather dull, but it was better when I saw it the 2nd time: The movie is very well made and Julie Christie is great , giving a richly layered and beautifully developed performance that fits the tone of the movie perfectly.  Do you guys think she deserved it?  

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    I love Julie Christie and I support any Oscar she can get her hands on.

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    Christie was a worth winner, but the reality is she won as much for also being in Dr Zhivago at the same time which was also a major contender.

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    Yes, that’s really true, it definitely helped. Do you think Julie Andrews would have won if it hadn’t been for that? 

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    This movie was nominated for 5 Oscars and won 3:  Best Actress,  Best Original Screenplay, and  Costume Design for a Black-and-White film. It   lost Best Picture and  Best Director to  Robert Wise for The Sound Of Music. 

    What do you guys think of this film? I personally found it rather dull, but it was better when I saw it the 2nd time: The movie is very well made and Julie Christie is great , giving a richly layered and beautifully developed performance that fits the tone of the movie perfectly.  Do you guys think she deserved it?  

    Absolutely. Her costars are also stellar: Dirk Bogarde, Lawrence Harvey. It has a sympathetic, sensitive script and it is John Schlesinger’s best film imo. At least, I like a tad more than Midnight Cowboy.

    Julie Christie is a marvel.

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    This was my 2nd Oscars – my memory is that everyone thought it was a 2 Julie race, and looking back at the other contenders, none of the other 3 was competitive IMO. Christie won NYFC (as solely Darling; they deliberately snubbed the DZ performance; NBR voted her solely for DZ). So she had a head of steam (Darling also won Best Film from NY). But for Academy voters, without DZ and with lots of voters not seeing all films, Andrews should have had a much better chance, and my guess is she would have won.

    Lee Marvin that year also won because he had a 2nd big lead – Ship of Fools. Ironically, the actor he beat out, Rod Steiger, was also in DZ! 

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    This is   off-topic, but what about Supporting Actor And Supporting Actress?  Were Winters and Balsam frontrunners? 

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    I recall that Michael Dunn was thought competitive for SoF; Tom Courtenay had already been a recognized actor in several British film, so he (DZ) was in the race. For supporting, the two from Othello not in it; Peggy Wood or Ruth Gordon (not that much different from her Rosemary’s performance) were possible

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    Julie Andrews won the year before for Mary Poppins, making her less competitive, even if the SoM was a juggernaut.

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    Christie did deserve it. I watched Darling in my film class. She was incredible.

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    Boy did this new thread immediately catch my eye… It was hard to believe somebody on Gold Derby would even bother to start a discussion of Darling… But should we be grateful even when the person who starts the tread calls the film “rather dull”?!

    Dearest, Darling is not dull!

    It’s more honest (scathingly so) and cynical than probably 95% of all films ever made. And that kind of truthfulness is never dull.

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    I paid attention to the 1966 oscars with great excitement.
    With Julie Christie appearing in an art house film by John
    Schlesinger and a grand epic by David Lean, she was the
    frontrunner all fall for best actress..Her 2 great performances
    in both films cemented the deal…Andrews was stellar but she
    had won the previous year..it was a foregone conclusion Oscar
    night, that Christie would prevail..and a worthy winner she was!!!

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    Sorry to disagree, but I’m pretty sure it was considered a tossup b/w Andrews and Christie

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    Darling is nothing more than a really pretty TV movie to me, but that prettiness is kinda hypnotizing. 

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    My Existential Crisis: I just found the movie unengaging, but I can appreciate it’s quality and the honesty it shows, and Christie is terrific.  I just wouldn’t say I particularly enjoy it and I also found it hard to follow. 

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