Original Australian Daybill movie poster art by Drew Struzan. California Suite is a 1978 American comedy film directed by Herbert Ross. The screenplay by Neil Simon is based on his play of the same title. Maggie Smith won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the movie. The film was shot on location at The Beverly Hills Hotel, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Los Angeles Music Center, and along Rodeo Drive.