The Oscar (1966)

The Oscar


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Movie Info

Originally meant to be a Tinseltown exposé, this unintentionally funny behind-the-scenes drama is set on the night of the Academy Awards and chronicles a nominated actor's ruthless climb to the top.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Harlan Ellison, Clarence Greene, Russell Rouse
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Critic Reviews for The Oscar

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

This is the story of a vicious, bitter, firstclass heel who rises to stardom on the blood of those close to him. Without a single redeeming quality, part played by Stephen Boyd is unsympathetic virtually from opening shots.

Full Review… | December 20, 2007
Top Critic

Tacky Tinseltown soaper, logging the unscrupulous rise to stardom of an Academy-nominated actor in a succession of flashbacks, featuring numerous stellar walk-ons and dreadful dialogue.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A piece of expensive claptrap, loaded with harrowing clichés.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It may be the quintessential Hollywood movie, except that it was greeted with guffaws on sight.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010

A dreadful empty film.

Full Review… | March 8, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The plot here is so melodramatic and so unrealistic that the film becomes laughable.

Full Review… | December 20, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for The Oscar


Overblown and hoky but compulsively watchable nontheless.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

"The Oscar" is bad, sure, but it's not as hilariously bad as I was led to believe. Not bad enough to worth taking the time to see. The script has many terrible attempts at "snappy wit," but the stale lines aren't as notable as Stephen Boyd's awful lead performance as a heartless, second-tier actor conspiring to save his career -- he adopts some ape-like mannerisms that are truly bewildering. An incredible set of stars passes through the film (Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Merle Oberon, Peter Lawford, Hedda Hopper, Broderick Crawford, Ed Begley Sr., Joseph Cotten, Tony Bennett), and Milton Berle (as Boyd's agent) and Ernest Borgnine (as a shady private investigator) have some good moments in supporting roles. But if you're looking for campy laughs from this era, other silly bombs such as "Skidoo," "Valley of the Dolls," "Candy," "The Cool Ones" and "Myra Breckenridge" provide greater rewards.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

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