was nominated for Best Picture in 1936 and 1968, and the musical
West Side Story, which was loosely based on Shakespeare's play, won the award in 1961.
Film versions of A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), Henry V (1946), and Julius
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
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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