It’s Fifty and Fitting: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) - Page 2
To Kill a Mockingbird is a highly-regarded film; in 1995 it was listed in the National Film Registry. The American Film Institute ranked it twenty-fifth in its tenth anniversary list of the greatest American movies of all time. AFI also named it in its “10 Top 10” as "#1 court drama." In addition to Peck’s Best Actor award, Academy Awards went to Horton Foote for “Best Adapted Screenplay,” and Henry Bumstead, Alexander Golitzen, and Oliver Emert for “Best Art Direction.” Mary Badham (Scout) was nominated for “Best Supporting Actress” but lost out to Patty Duke for her performance in “The Miracle Worker.”
Golden Globe awards won by To Kill a Mockingbird were “Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama” to Gregory Peck, “Best Original Score" to Elmer Bernstein, and “Best Film Promoting International Understanding.”
In 1962, To Kill a Mockingbird was considered unsuitable for children, although by 2012 standards it is amazingly mild. The themes of injustice, prejudice, and understanding seem especially appropriate for today’s kids, and the movie holds up exceedingly well, despite a half century’s passing. Its emphasis on family, relationships, and values is as relevant now as it was five decades ago.
Superb performances from the entire cast, adults and children alike, provide the audience with a timeless viewing experience that encourages us to think and remember as we are absorbed in the enduring beauty of To Kill a Mockingbird . Few films have said so much so simply.