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Having been burned by compromises to censors on his earlier films and , Paul Newman decided to star in as uncompromising a property as he could find. That property was Hud, inspired by a portion of Larry McMurtry's novel, Horseman Pass By. Hud Bannon (Newman) is a young Texas rancher who lives with his cattleman father Homer (Melvyn Douglas) and his hero-worshipping nephew Lon (Brandon DeWilde). Hud is an amoral, cold-hearted creature; his father, who holds Hud responsible for the death of his other son, tries to imbue Lon with a sense of decency and responsibility to others, but Lon is devoted to Hud and isn't inclined to listen. When hoof and mouth disease shows up in one of the elder Bannon's cows, Hud is all for selling the herd before the government inspectors find out. But Homer orders the cattle destroyed (the film's most harrowing sequence), driving an even deeper wedge between himself and Hud. Finally, Hud steps over the line by attempting to rape Alma (Patricia Neal), the earthy but warm-hearted housekeeper. Paul Newman was so repellantly brilliant as an unregenerate heel that his Oscar nomination for Hud was a foregone conclusion. Although Newman lost the Oscar to Sidney Poitier in Sidney Poitier, Oscars did go to Neal for Best Actress, Douglas for Best Supporting Actor, and cinematographer James Wong Howe. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Irving Ravetch Best Adapted Screenplay 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sam Comer Best Black and White Art Direction 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tambi Larsen Best Black and White Art Direction 1963 Nominee
National Board of Review Melvyn Douglas Best Supporting Actor 1963 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Melvyn Douglas Best Supporting Actor 1963 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Melvyn Douglas Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1963 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Patricia Neal Best Foreign Actress 1963 Winner
National Board of Review Patricia Neal Best Actress 1963 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Patricia Neal Best Actress 1963 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Patricia Neal Best Actress 1963 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Patricia Neal Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1963 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Paul Newman Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Newman Best Actor 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hal Pereira Best Black and White Art Direction 1963 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Martin Ritt Best Film - Any Source 1963 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Martin Ritt Best Director 1963 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Martin Ritt Best Director 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Martin Ritt Best Director 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert R. Benton Best Black and White Art Direction 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harriet Frank, Jr. Best Adapted Screenplay 1963 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Wong Howe Best Black and White Cinematography 1963 Winner

Cast

Paul Newman
as Hud Bannon
Melvyn Douglas
as Homer Bannon
Patricia Neal
as Alma Brown
Brandon de Wilde
as Lon Bannon
John Ashley
as Hermy
Whit Bissell
as Burris
Val Avery
as Jose
Sheldon Allman
as Thompson
Curt Conway
as Truman Peters
Yvette Vickers
as Lily Peters
George Petrie
as Joe Scanton
Frank Killmond
as Dumb Billy
Sharyn Hillyer
as Myra
Robert Hinkle
as Announcer
John Indrisano
as Cowboy
Carl Saxe
as Proprietor
John Indrisano
as Cowboy
Robert Hinkle
as Announcer
Sharyn Hillyer
as Myra

Crew

Martin Ritt
Director
Martin Ritt
Producer
Irving Ravetch
Producer
Irving Ravetch
Screenwriter
Harriet Frank, Jr.
Screenwriter
Larry McMurtry
Book Author
James Wong Howe
Cinematographer
Elmer Bernstein
Composer (Music Score)
Hal Pereira
Art Director
Tambi Larsen
Art Director
Robert R. Benton
Set Designer
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Wally Westmore
Makeup
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