And the Oscar Goes to…: Hamlet

The first and so far only Shakespeare film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, Hamlet (1948) was Sir Laurence Olivier’s second Shakespeare film as director. It landed him a Best Director nomination and won him his only acting Oscar. Also nominated for Best Score and Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Jean Simmons, Hamlet took home four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Costume Design for a Black and White film,  and Best Art Direction for a Black and White film. Beating out Johnny Belinda, The Red Shoes, The Snake Pit, and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, this is the Best Picture of 1948.

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