The film was a critical and box office success and Beatty was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, and received the award for New Star of the Year – Actor. Kazan was armed with the confidence born of age and success, while Beatty was virtually aflame with the arrogance of youth."Warren—it was obvious the first time I saw him—wanted it all and wanted it his way. He had the energy, a very keen intelligence, and more chutzpah than any Jew I've ever known. Bright as they come, intrepid, and with that thing all women secretly respect: complete confidence in his sexual powers, confidence so great that he never had to advertise himself, even by hints. Beatty's career has had all the hallmarks of the conventional Hollywood golden boy.
The film was also nominated for two Oscars, winning one. Ingratiating good looks, disarming youthfulness, a delight in the social life and no apparently strong feelings about his craft.
Beatty's elder sister is the actress, dancer and writer Shirley Mac Laine. He noticed a strong resemblance between its star, Katharine Hepburn, and his mother, in both appearance and personality, saying that they symbolized "perpetual integrity." He did remake Love Affair in 1994, in which he starred alongside Annette Bening and Katharine Hepburn.
He was impressed with Gene Wilder after seeing him in a play and didn't even need him to audition, in what became Wilder's screen debut. Pollard was one of my oldest friends," Beatty said.
"I'd known him forever; I met him the day I got my first television show.
Beatty selected most of the cast, including Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Gene Wilder and Michael J. Beatty also oversaw the script and spearheaded the delivery of the film.
Gene Hackman was chosen because Beatty had acted with him in Lilith in 1964 and felt he was a "great" actor.