As an independent producer and director, Stanley Kramer distinguished himself and his films by bringing attention to topical social issues that most studios avoided. Among the subjects covered in his films were racism, nuclear war, greed, creationism vs. evolution and the causes and effects of fascism. Despite the controversial subjects of his films, many of which received mixed reviews, the film industry nonetheless recognized their importance and quality during most of his career, awarding his films fifteen Academy Awards and eighty-five nominations. He was nominated nine times as either producer or director. In 1961 the Academy recognized his contribution to American Cinema by awading him the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. He directed 14 different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Tony Curtis, Sidney Poitier, Theodore Bikel, Cara Williams, Spencer Tracy, Maximilian Schell, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, Oskar Werner, Michael Dunn, Simone Signoret, Katharine Hepburn, Cecil Kellaway and Beah Richards. Hepburn and Schell won Oscars for their performances in one of Kramer's movies.


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1948 So This Is New York

1949 Champion

1949 Home of the Brave

1950 Cyrano de Bergerac

1950 The Men

1951 Death of a Salesman

1952 Eight Iron Men

1952 High Noon

1952 My Six Convicts

1952 The Four Poster

1952 The Happy Time

1952 The Member of the Wedding

1952 The Sniper

1953 The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

1953 The Juggler

1953 The Wild One

1954 The Caine Mutiny

1955 Not as a Stranger

1957 The Pride and the Passion

1958 The Defiant Ones

1959 On the Beach

1960 Inherit the Wind

1961 Judgment at Nuremberg

1962 Pressure Point

1963 A Child Is Waiting

1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

1965 Ship of Fools

1967 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

1969 The Secret of Santa Vittoria

1970 R.P.M.

1971 Bless the Beasts & Children

1973 Oklahoma Crude

1977 The Domino Principle

1979 The Runner Stumbles


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