1968 in film

The year 1968 in film involved some significant events, with the release of Stanley Kubrick's cinematic masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as two highly successful musical films, Funny Girl and Oliver!, the former earning Barbra Striesand the Academy Award for Best Actress (an honour she shared with Katharine Hepburn for her role in The Lion in Winter) and the latter winning both the Best Picture and Best Director awards.

List of years in film (table)
In television
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971

Top-grossing films (U.S.)Edit

The top ten 1968 released films by box office gross in North America are as follows:

Highest-grossing films of 1968
Rank Title Studio Box-office gross rental
1 Funny Girl Columbia Pictures $24,900,000[1]
2 2001: A Space Odyssey Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $21,500,000[1]
3 The Odd Couple Paramount Pictures $20,000,000[1]
4 Bullitt Warner Bros. $19,000,000[1]
5 Oliver! Columbia Pictures $16,800,000[1]
6 Planet of the Apes
Rosemary's Baby
20th Century Fox
Paramount Pictures
$15,000,000[1]
7 Romeo and Juliet Paramount Pictures $14,500,000[1]
8 Yours, Mine and Ours United Artists $11,500,000[1]
9 The Lion in Winter AVCO Embassy Pictures $10,006,000[2]
10 The Green Berets Warner Bros. $9,700,000[1]

EventsEdit

AwardsEdit

Category/Organization 26th Golden Globe Awards
January 22, 1969
41st Academy Awards
March 21, 1969
22nd BAFTA Awards
April 14, 1969
Drama Comedy or Musical
Best Film The Lion in Winter Oliver! The Graduate
Best Director Paul Newman
Rachel, Rachel
Carol Reed
Oliver!
Mike Nichols
The Graduate
Best Actor Peter O'Toole
The Lion in Winter
Ron Moody
Oliver!
Cliff Robertson
Charly
Spencer Tracy
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Best Actress Joanne Woodward
Rachel, Rachel
Barbra Streisand
Funny Girl
Katharine Hepburn
The Lion in Winter
Barbra Streisand
Funny Girl
Katharine Hepburn
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
The Lion in Winter
Best Supporting Actor Daniel Massey
Star
Jack Albertson
The Subject Was Roses
Ian Holm
The Bofors Gun
Best Supporting Actress Ruth Gordon
Rosemary's Baby
Billie Whitelaw
Twisted Nerve
Charlie Bubbles
Best Screenplay, Adapted Stirling Silliphant
Charly
James Goldman
The Lion in Winter
Buck Henry and Calder Willingham
The Graduate
Best Screenplay, Original Mel Brooks
The Producers
Best Original Score Alex North
The Shoes of the Fisherman
John Barry
The Lion in Winter
Johnny Green
Oliver!
John Barry
The Lion in Winter
Best Original Song "The Windmills of Your Mind"
The Thomas Crown Affair
N/A
Best Foreign Language Film War and Peace N/A

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival): canceled due to events of May 1968

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: Ratlos (Artists under the Big Top: Perplexed), directed by Alexander Kluge, West Germany

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Ole dole doff (Who Saw Him Die?), directed by Jan Troell, Sweden

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US unless stated

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Finler, Joel Waldo (2003). The Hollywood Story. Wallflower Press. pp. 358–359. ISBN 978-1-903364-66-6.
  2. ^ Top 20 Films of 1968 by Domestic Revenue

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