90 Days of Oscar Nominees #86 – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 86th review of the 90 chosen Films…

“I hope that was an empty bottle, George! You can’t afford to waste good liquor, not on YOUR salary! ” – Martha

Number of Times Seen – 2 (Cable in the 90’s and 28 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A middle aged married couple invite a younger couple over fro drinks and things get out of hand.

My Take on it – This is such a great film because it is entirely up to the dialogue and performances to give us a gripping tale.

The four actors are all wonderful here and quite quickly, we get to know these characters and wnat to know even more as they continue to talk.

The audience easily gets pulled into this story which becomes more and more interesting as things move along.

The writing is superb and the story keeps making us change our minds about whether we like the characters or not based on everything that we are told.

These characters are both fascinating and devastating to watch, yet we constantly want to learn more about them.

It all feels so realistic and the characters could be people that we know so easily.

This film won 5 of its 13 Oscar nominations that year.

Bottom Line – Such a great film because it manages to develop all four of the leads so well in such a short period of time. The audience easily gets pulled into the story and we constantly want to know more and more about the characters who are so interesting and devastating to watch at the same time. Written extremely realistically and gripping from start to finish even though it is entirely carried by its dialogue. Won 5 of its 13 Oscar nominations that year. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) became the first motion picture in Academy Awards and cinema history to be nominated for every Academy Award category in which it was eligible, including Best Adapted Screenplay (Lehman), Director (Mike Nichols), all the acting categories (Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, George Segal, and Sandy Dennis), and Picture of the Year (Ernest Lehman), since Cimarron (1931). (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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8 thoughts on “90 Days of Oscar Nominees #86 – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966)

  1. Two Oscar winners out of the 4 acting nominees. Taylor was superb. As was Burton – who I thought might win. Ironically – he lost to Paul Scofield for “A Man For All Seasons” – in a sweeping costume drama for which Burton was frequently recognized. His ill timing with the Oscars followed him throughout his career. He ended up with 6 nominations and no wins. Interesting side note – when Albee wrote the original play – he wanted Henry Fonda to play George on stage. Fonda ran into Albee at a party and told him how much he liked the play – and Albee told him it had been submitted to Fonda’s agent for him – but they had passed on it – without ever telling Fonda.

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