It won Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Audrey Hepburn), Best Costume Design, Black-and-White (Edith Head) and Best Writing, Motion Picture Story. It was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Eddie Albert), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Picture.
Hepburn won the role thanks to a legendary screen test. She performed one of the scenes from the film, but the cameraman was instructed to keep the cameras rolling after the director said "cut." Several minutes of unrehearsed, spontaneous Audrey Hepburn was captured on film and this, combined with some candid interview footage, won her the role.