The 36th Academy Awards - 1964
36th Academy Awards
Held on April 13, 1964 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California and hosted by Jack Lemmon. It was another year of firsts. It was the first time an African American won the Best Actor Award, it was the year for the oldest Best Supporting Actress Award(Margaret Rutherford), and the Best Actress Award was won by someone who spent a small amount of time on the big screen(Patricia Neal) ! It was only the second time in Academy history that a British film won the Best Picture Award. All of the nominees in the Best Supporting Actress category were non-Americans.
Usually the first entertainment awards of the year are the People's Choice Awards. A newcomer to the Awards scene, at least by Academy Awards standards. The People's Choice Awards began in 1975. The categories vary from year to year but the results are tabulated using the Gallup Polls and anyone can vote by going to the People's Choice Award website and casting a vote.
The Golden Globe Awards honor excellence in theater and television and are bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and began in 1943.
The Grammy Awards are bestowed by National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, obviously they are music awards.
The Emmy Awards are awards from the television industry. They have been broken into two categories, Primetime and Daytime. The first Emmy was presented in 1949.
The Tony Awards, actually the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, is another self-explanatory award. Founded in 1949 and awarded by a panel of around seven hundred.
Are there more? Most definitely. Awards like The Big Star Entertainment Awards, The SBS Entertainment Awards, and so om.
This brief look at awards is, of course, American Awards. These are all American Awards and each is an honor to receive, but we all know the granddaddy of awards is the Academy Awards. So let's take a look at the Academy Awards for the year of 1963.
Winner of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Substantally Original Score, Best Writing and nominated for four more.
The New York Times called Tom Jones "the wildest, bawdiest, and funniest comedies that a refreshingly agile filmmaker has ever brought to the screen." Others have called it gritty, realistic, the wanderings of an eighteenth century bastard, an excellent cast of great actors...and more.
So did you see it? It is the story of a young man who was raised by a squire thinking he was the illegitimate son of his barber and servant. Good looking and kind hearted the son, Tom, is quite a ladies man. In spite of his popularity he is really only in love with one woman, who by the way loves him in return but she cannot marry a man beneath her standing in society.
The man she is supposed to marry, but does not even like, is of legitimate birth. Tom is sent out into the world with a small fortune to find his own way. Of course there are a series of mishaps and Tom winds up on the gallows. All's well that ends well and you'll have to watch this humorous romp to find out how and why.
Lilies of the Field
Lilies of the Field
Where else would you see a film about German, Austrain and Hungarian nuns suckering in a man to be their handyman? The nuns have no money, live off the land and want to build a chapel for the local people.
Sidney Poitier as Homer Smith, agrees to stay one night to help them out and well, you can imagine what happens to this poor, unsuspecting man. Not only does he stay but he winds up getting a part time job to help them out. He also become obsessed about the chapel and insists it can only be built by him. Is Smith a mere man or an angel sent by God to help?
Haven't seen it? If you do, you'll be singing "Amen".
Academy Award Nominations for 1963 Movies
Sidney Poitier - Lilies of the Field
Patricia Neal - Hud
Albert Finney - Tom Jones
Leslie Caron - The L-Shaped Room
Richard Harris - This Sporting Life
Rachel Roberts - This Sporting Life
How the West Was Won
Rex Harrison - Cleopatra
Natalie Wood - Love With the Proper Stranger
Lillies of the Field
Paul Newman - Hud
How the West Was Won
Films That Received Multiple Nominations
- Tom Jones - ten
- Cleopatra - nine
- How the West Was Won - eight
- Hud - seven
- The Cardinal and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - six
- 8½, Lilies of the Field, Love with the Proper Stranger - five
- America, America - four
- Captain Newman, M.D., Irma la Douce - three
- 55 Days at Peking, Bye Bye Birdie, A New Kind of Love, Sundays and Cybele, This Sporting Life, Twilight of Honor - two
A Year Full of Good Movies
If you've read this far you've seen lots of good movie titles. Take The Cardinal, nominated for six Academy Awards and won none. It was however the debut of John Huston's acting career, a man we are more used to behind the camera.
But what of the great movies that weren't listed, nominated, or winners of Academy Awards? Well if I name a few I'm sure you'll think of them as classics or favorites!
- The Great Escape
- Mary Poppins
- My Fair Lady
- The Birds
- The Pink Panther
- Bye Bye Birdie
- The Lord of the Flies
- The Nutty Professor
- Love With a Proper Stranger
- The Ugly American
- Papa's Delicate Condition
Are there more? Undoubtedly, some good some bad but all from 1963.
Which of these movies will be on your wish list? Will you ignore all the movies listed here and watch Tarzan's Three Challenges, The Mind Benders, or Lassie's Great Adventure? Obviously there's plenty to choose from in a year the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Yankees in the World Series. British Secretary of War John Porfumo resigned after having an affair with Christine Keeler. Can you imagine we were totally shocked by that in 1963?
The first discotheque, Whiskey-a-go-go, opened in Los Angeles, CA. The Beatles taped ten tracks of their FIRST album. "Puff the Magic Dragon" by Peter, Paul and Mary hits number two on the charts....again, I could go on and on about the magical, mystical year of 1963 but this is about the Academy Awards and the winners picked in 1964. I hope you've enjoyed your read, maybe learned a fact or two, might share this with others to read, but most of all found some movies to put on your "watch" list! Don't forget to comment though, I love hearing from you.
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