Ernest Borgnine made his mark in films playing the archetypal bully before performing an abrupt about-face in 1955’s Marty, Delbert Mann’s surprise hit about a sweet-natured but shy shopkeeper. Oscars went to Borgnine, Mann, the movie itself, and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky. As Marty’s equally awkward sweetheart, Betsy Blair won the British Academy Award for Best Actress.
About J. D. Lifshitz
J. D. Lifshitz is the co-founder and producing partner of Los Angeles based production and sales company BoulderLight Pictures. Their most recent credits include The Vigil (TIFF '19, SXSW '20), Becky (Tribeca '20), and Wild Indian (Sundance '21). BoulderLight's upcoming slate includes Rodney & Sheryl, to be directed by Chloe Okuno and starring Anna Kendrick, and The Cow, written and directed by Homecoming creator Eli Horowitz and starring Winona Ryder, Dermot Mulroney, and John Gallagher Jr.