A History of the Best Picture Oscar Part III


West Side Story – 1962

Sharing the directors’ chair were Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins for this beloved musical romantic drama. It was an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet.

With Leonard Bernstein’s score and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics, it remains perhaps the most iconic of all the Shakespeare adaptations to appear on the big screen. During the entire production, the actors wore out 200 pairs of shoes, applied more than 100lbs of make-up, split 27 pairs of pants and performed in 30 different recording sessions.


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