The Oscar
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A heartless actor scrambles to the top of show business' sleazy summit in this drama. Frank Fane (Stephen Boyd) is a Hollywood leading man who is desperate to boost his career by winning an Academy Award, and he doesn't care who he has to betray to achieve his goals -- including his former best friend and PR man, Hymie Kelly (Tony Bennett), lonely acting coach Sophie Cantaro (Eleanor Parker), slimy agent Kappy Kapstetter (Milton Berle), and long-suffering girlfriend Kay Bergdahl (Elke Sommer). However, as Frank waits for his name to be called, certain that victory is in his grasp, fate… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is the story of a vicious, bitter, firstclass heel who rises to stardom on the blood of those close to him. Without a single redeeming quality, part played by Stephen Boyd is unsympathetic virtually from opening shots."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It may be the quintessential Hollywood movie, except that it was greeted with guffaws on sight."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Hilariously bad!"
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Tacky Tinseltown soaper, logging the unscrupulous rise to stardom of an Academy-nominated actor in a succession of flashbacks, featuring numerous stellar walk-ons and dreadful dialogue."
‑ , Time Out
"A dreadful empty film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Another bad movie about Hollywood."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"A piece of expensive claptrap, loaded with harrowing clichés."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The plot here is so melodramatic and so unrealistic that the film becomes laughable."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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