Romeo & Juliet 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 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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