Romeo & Juliet was nominated for Best Picture in 1936 and 1968, and the musical adaptation West Side Story won the award in 1961.

Film versions of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), Henry V (1946), and Julius Caesar (1953) were nominated, and Olivier's 1948 film of Hamlet won the award; but R&J is the only play to have multiple versions nominated.

Another Best Picture which had a strong influence from Shakspeare was 1998's Shakespeare in Love, which included scenes from - you guessed it - Romeo and Juliet.

The Hollywood Revue of 1929 was another Best Picture nominee which featured dialogue from the play, with a skit depicting John Gilbert and Norma Shearer (who played the role in the 1936 version) as the star-crossed lovers, only to be told by director Lionel Barrymore that the front office had ordered that Shakespeare's dialogue be updated to 1920's slang.

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