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West Side Story at 60: An oral history of the film's shocking Oscar triumph
Rita Moreno and George Chakiris reflect on the iconic 1961 movie-musical, from casting to the night of their Academy Awards wins.

By Lynette Rice

Sixty years after West Side Story became a smash hit at the box office, Rita Moreno, 89, and George Chakiris, 86, have vivid memories of their time on set and how it led to their historic Oscar wins. They're also acutely aware that what was deemed acceptable in 1961 — in Chakiris' case, a Greek man from Oho playing a Puerto Rican gang leader — would likely not be allowed to happen today.
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The 25 greatest Oscar best picture winners, ranked (from 'Parasite' to 'The Godfather')

Brian Truitt
USA TODAY

For film fans, choosing from the history of Oscar best picture winners offers a cornucopia of delicacies.

Like any buffet, there are some things you might want to avoid: "Crash" and "The Broadway Melody" are akin to some sketchy veggies that don't look entirely pleasing. Still, with 92 mostly splendid dishes served, there's bound to be some stuff you can dig into, from classic musicals ("My Fair Lady" and "Gigi") and war epics ("The Bridge on the River Kwai" and "Platoon") to Southern-fried charms ("Gone with the Wind," naturally) and strange tastes ("The Silence of the Lambs").
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Roadside Attractions Acquires Sundance Docu ‘Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It’

By Anthony D'Alessandro


Roadside Attractions has acquired North American distribution rights on the 2021 Sundance Film Festival documentary Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided To Go For It.

A release is planned for June 18. Roadside’s deal excludes the TV license to PBS’ American Masters, which will present the exclusive U.S. broadcast premiere of the docu after it hits theaters.
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