The Oscars are this Sunday. It's also the 20th anniversary of "Goodfellas" getting screwed but I will have to write about that outrage later.
"West Side Story" is the first movie I remember watching on TV. It remains one of my favorites.
The play (based on "Romeo and Juliet") was a critical and commercial success and it changed American musical theater forever.
In 1961 the film adaptation won ten Oscars, including Best Picture.
Leonard Bernstein's music is timeless and Jerome Robbins' choreography has influenced countless dancers during the last fifty years.
My favorite scene is the rooftop "America" number. I used to pretend I could dance like Rita Moreno. My parents probably thought I was nuts.
Random fact: Actress Amber Tamblyn's dad, Russ, played Riff.
We'll see who wins Best Picture on Sunday. "The King's Speech", much to the chagrin of many, is the favorite to beat "The Social Network", "True Girt" and "The Fighter". I haven't seen "The King's Speech" yet but I understand the controversy.
Have a great weekend.