Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who's Afraid of VIrginia Woolf? (1966)

Dir. Mike Nichols 1966 132 mins US
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis











On this day in 1966 Academy Award winning black comedy Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was released.

At the time it was considered a groundbreaking film because of the profane and sexual content, something that was unheard of at the time, leading to adverts for the film to carry warnings of adult content. Contracts with cinema who wants to screen the film included a clause by which anybody under the age of 18 was prevented from gaining admittance, unless accompanied by an adult. This was one of a handful of films that brought about the film rating systems that are in place today.

Despite the controversial content the film was a success at the box office and with critics, receiving the following Academy Awards:

  • Best Actress – Elizabeth Taylor
  • Best Supporting Actress – Sandy Dennis
  • Best Cinematography – Haskell Wexler
  • Best Art Direction Black and White – Richard Sylbert, George James Hopkins
  • Best Costume Design Black and White – Irene Sharaff

and the following nominations:

  • Best Picture – Ernest Lehman
  • Best Director – Mike Nichols
  • Best Adapted Screenplay – Ernest Lehman
  • Best Actor – Richard Burton
  • Best Supporting Actor – George Segal
  • Best Sound – George Groves
  • Best Film Editing – Sam O’Steen
  • Best Original Score – Alex North


It is one of only two films to be nominated in every category at the Academy Awards, the other being Cimarron (1931).

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