Monday Nights with Oscar presents
Breakfast at Tiffany's
With her giant sunglasses, Givenchy dresses, pearls and cigarette holder, Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly set the stage for the glamour of the 1960s and ushered in a new notion of femininity in “Breakfast at Tiffany's.” This popular and acclaimed film adaptation of Truman Capote’s bestselling novel provoked discussion, laughter and controversy, and established the archetype of the independent single girl in the city.
Because of the restrictions imposed by the Production Code, Holly’s career as a call girl remains mysterious in the film, but Blake Edwards’s direction and George Axelrod’s script retained the essence (“A phony. But a real phony.”) of Holly Golightly.
Although Hepburn was not Capote’s first pick for the role (his first choice had been Marilyn Monroe), her performance earned her a Best Actress nomination (she lost to Sophia Loren in “Two Women”). Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer won the Academy Award for Best Song for the enchanting “Moon River,” and Mancini’s moody score, arguably his best, also received an Oscar.
Courtesy of Paramount Pictures. 114 minutes.
Academy Award winner: Music – Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Henry Mancini); Music – Song (“Moon River”) (Music by Mancini, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer)
Academy Award nominee: Actress (Audrey Hepburn); Color Art Direction (Hal Pereira, Roland Anderson; Set Decoration: Sam Comer, Ray Moyer); Writing – Screenplay based on material from another medium (George Axelrod)
- Monday, August 8, 7 p.m.
- Academy Theater at Lighthouse International
111 East 59th Street (between Park and Lexington avenues)
New York City