A Star Is Born is a 1954 American musical film written by Moss Hart, starring Judy Garland and James Mason, and directed by George Cukor.
Hart's screenplay was an adaptation of the original 1937 film, which was based on the original screenplay by Robert Carson, Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, and from the same story by William A. Wellman and Carson, with uncredited input from six additional writers—David O. Selznick, Ben Hecht, Ring Lardner, Jr., John Lee Mahin, Budd Schulberg and Adela Rogers St. John.
In 2000, the 1954 film was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
The film ranked #43 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Passions list in 2002 and #7 on its list of greatest musicals in 2006. The song "The Man That Got Away" was ranked #11 on AFI's list of 100 top songs in films.
Garland had not made a movie since she had negotiated release from her MGM contract soon after filming began on Royal Wedding in 1950, and the film was promoted heavily as her comeback. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress and NBC, which was televising the ceremony, sent a film crew to the hospital room where she was recuperating after giving birth to her son Joey in order to carry her acceptance speech live if she won, but she lost to Grace Kelly for The Country Girl.
Academy Award Best Actress in a Leading Role—Judy Garland (nominated)
Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role—James Mason (nominated)
Academy Award for Best Art Direction—Set Decoration, Color—Malcolm C. Bert, Gene Allen, Irene Sharaff, and George James Hopkins (nominated)
Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Color—Jean Louis, Mary Ann Nyberg, and Irene Sharaff (nominated)
Academy Award for Best Original Song—"The Man that Got Away" (nominated)
Academy Award for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture—Ray Heindorf (nominated)
BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress in a Leading Role—Judy Garland (nominated)
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures—George Cukor (nominated)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy—Judy Garland (won)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy—James Mason (won)
Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written American Musical—Moss Hart (nominated)
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Starring: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson, Charles Bickford
Director: George Cukor
Producer: Sidney Luft
Writer: Moss Hart
Based on Original Screenplay: Robert Carson, Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell
Original Story: William A. Wellman, Robert Carson
Music by Songs: Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin
Music direction: Ray Heindorf
Orchestrations: Skip Martin
Cinematography: Sam Leavitt
Editor: Folmar Blangsted
Production Company: Transcona Enterprises
Distributor: Warner Bros.
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