The 38th Academy Awards - 1966

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Its hard to believe we just watched the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Yes, the eighty-fifth. Since the mid nineteen twenties folks have been watching the Academy Awards. Each year as the movies become more numerous to choose from the audience for the Awards builds.

The 38th Academy Awards were held in 1966, honoring the films played in theaters in 1965. I recently wrote about the 15th Academy Awards in 1943. Why do I mention that? Well, the host of the 15th and the 38th was Bob Hope. The consummate Academy Awards Ceremony host.

The 38th Academy Awards were the first Awards to be broadcast in color. They were held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in, of course, Santa Monica, California. What a year for movies this was!

Songs from Sound of Music

  • The Sound of Music
  • Maria
  • Do-Re-Mi
  • Sixteen Going On Seventeen
  • Edelweiss
  • My Favorite Things
  • Climb Ev′ry Mountain
  • The Lonely Goatherd
  • Something Good
  • So Long, Farewell

Academy Award Winners in 1966

The Sound of Music

This is a very easy film for me to write about, it's a favorite of my girls and I have seen it more times than I can count. Julie Andrews (now known as Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews) is not only a fantastic singer and remarkable actress, but a true lady in all she does. She's never been involved in a Hollywood scandal and all you read about her is good.

So, how did Julie Andrews get to be Maria Von Trapp? Originally the choice was actresses like Grace Kelly, Anne Bancroft, and others, but after seeing Julie's award winning performance in Mary Poppins, the director and screenwriter knew they wanted her for Maria and the hills began to come alive with the sound of Julie.

The Hills Are Alive

Sound of Music Awards

The Sound of Music won the following Academy Awards; Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound Mixing, Best Film Editing, and Best Music, Scoring of Music – Adaptation or Treatment. It won two 1966 Laurel Awards, one for General Entertainment and one for Musical Performance, Female.

The National Board of Review has placed it in the Top Ten Films of 1965 and The Writers Guild of America named it Best Written American Musical.

Sound of Music Facts

Based on the true story of the von Trapp family.

  • The real von Trapp family was not nearly as wealthy as depicted in the film.
  • The real Maria was hired to tutor only one of the von Trapp children, a daughter who was sick with scarlet fever.
  • In her autobiography, according to Wikipedia, Maria admitted she was not in love with Georg when he asked her to marry him. She did, however, love the children.
  • Maria and Georg were married in 1927 not in 1938.
  • Georg was being recruited by the Nazis.
  • The daring escape shown in the movie is an exaggeration. The von Trapps took a train out of Austria.
  • The names of all the children were changed
  • Current generations of the von Trapp family still perform in Austria

Worth seeing? If you haven't you're missing tremendous talent and a heart tugging movie. You might even want to attend one of the Sound of Music sing alongs held in many theaters.

The Von Trapp Children - Edelweiss (the great grandchildren)

Cat Ballou

Lee Marvin won the Best Actor Award for Cat Ballou. If ever a movie can be called opposite, Cat Ballou is opposite of Sound of Music although it too is a musical. First its a comedy western, second Cat Ballou is a revenge seeking, female outlaw! This film is known as an "offbeat western".

Lee Marvin plays two parts in this movie. One is a legendary gunfighter, Kid Sheelen, the other a gunslinger Tim Strawn. The difference being Sheeleen is a good guy, Strawn a bad guy. Of course Cat Ballou's father was a well respected landowner who is being threatened for his land. He does get murdered by none other than Tim Strawn. She recruits Kid Sheeleen to help her, somehow not realizing he is now a drunk. You might recognize Dobie Gillis along the way! Well, the actor who played him anyway.

According to Wikipedia, "In his Oscar acceptance speech, Lee Marvin concluded by saying, "I think, though, that half of this belongs to a horse somewhere out in San Fernando Valley," a reference to the horse Kid Shelleen rode, which appeared to be as drunk as Shelleen was."

This movie was named best of its genre (western) by the American Film Institute.

Give it a try to don't be surprised when the well known "lady of justice" used for that major filmmaker turns out to be a cowgirl with guns drawn.

Nominees (non winners) for the 38th Academy Awards

Best Picture
Best Actor
Best Actress
Doctor Zhivago
Richard Burton - The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
Julie Andrews - The Sound of Music
Darling
Laurence Olivier - Othello
Samantha Eggar - The Collector
A Thousand Clowns
Rod Steiger - The Pawnbroker
Elizabeth Hartman A Patch of Blue
A Ship of Fools
Oskar Werner - Ship of Fools
Simone Signoret - Ship of Fools

Other Academy Award Winners in 1966

Julie Christie won Best Actress for the movie Darling. The film that gave models a bad name. Julie Christie plays a young beautiful model who sleeps her way to the top.

Martin Blasam won Best Supporting Actor for A Thousand Clowns. Though it is about comedians it is anything but funny. A down on his luck comedy writer has to choose conformity or lose custody of his nephew.

Shelley Winters won Best Supporting Actress for A Patch of Blue. The story of a blind white girl who falls in love with a black man. The blind girl live with her prostitute mother and alcoholic grandfather when he meets an educated, soft-spoken, black man in the park. Of course they fall in love.

Dr. Zhivago won for Best Adapted Screenplay. This movie is based on the book of the same name with World War I and the Russian Revolution as its backdrop. A love story with many twists and turns, one man, his wife and his mistress. I remember my mother saying that the seasons changed so much in that movie she felt older when she left the theater.

The Great Race won for Best Sound Editing. I had to add this silly, slapstick, car race movie because it really is fun to watch. I'm not sure about the sound editing, but it is a fun film.

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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Hi Dear Mary (Till),

It is certainly hard to believe ... wow, 85th! I am so glad you are back writing this wonderful series here as I am always reminded of the beloved movies and actors of any particular year, so I can go back and watch them once again or more!

What a year for great movies and dear Bob Hope, who can ever forget him. Now that you have stated it here, yes, there is nothing but good associated with Julie Andrews, which is rare in Hollywood.

All brilliant movies here and even the silly one, The Great Race, which is truly fun to watch.

This series is a lot of work for you I know, but I am so glad you are continuing on with it.

Voted up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

God bless you and hope you are having a lovely Sunday.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

The year I graduated from high school and entered college...loved Cat Ballou....good to have you and this series back, Mary.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I haven't heard of such movies way before my time but you shared an interesting hub is worth learning about from you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Being a real film buff, I love these hubs tillsontitan. Sound of Music is a classic, but like Bill, I loved Cat Ballou with Jane Fonda, Lee Marvin, Nat King Cole etc. Oh by the way, Dobie Gillis' real name was Dwayne Hickman. Voted up.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

Til. you always entertain with these types of hubs.. I find myself enjoying the blast from the past..bless you


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Faith. I am so glad my hubs can take you back and help you remember good movies and good times. I truly appreciate your votes and all the sharing, wow. God bless my friend.

No surprise you would like Cat Ballou dear Bill. So glad you came and you like my series. I forgot my byline but added it today.

Glad to take you back in time DD. You may enjoy some of these movies.

Thanks Jodah. Did you know Nat King Cole died during the filming of Cat Ballou? Lung Cancer. Thanks for the heads up on Dobie Gillis. I did know but wasn't sure all my readers would.

So very glad you enjoy Frank. You treat us to such wonderful stories its the least I can do to try to entertain in return ;) Blessings back to you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

No I didn't know that Nat King Cole died during the filming. It was amazing he was still able to sing so well in the latter stages of lung cancer. Thanks for that info.


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Kaili Bisson 2 years ago from Canada

Some great classics here. I can't even imagine anyone but Julie playing Maria.


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

'The Sound of Music' and 'Doctor Zhivago' are two of my all-time favorite movies. I didn't realize that they were from 1966! Enjoyed your Hub and voted up!


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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Mary. Welcome back, you've been missed. I absolutely love The Sound of Music. It is easily one of my all-time favorite movies and Julie Andrews will to me forever be Maria. I also thought The Great Race was hilarious. A great year at the movies,.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

I know Kaili, it seems Julie and Maria are one! Thanks for stopping by.

It is sometimes hard to imagine how old our favorite things become Writer Fox! Thanks for the vote.

Thanks Bill. I've missed HP too! It was definitely a good year at the movies.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Mary…

We are still in the age of great films. Dr. Zhivago…when I first viewed this superb film, I had a little crush on “Zhivago.” :-) And what person on this planet has not seen and does not absolutely love “The Sound of Music,” another classic that lives in the hearts of so many? This magnificent film was my mother’s favorite; we used to watch it together when she became fatally ill with cancer; it helped to lift her spirits. (Thank you, Julie Andrews.)

This is such a terrific series...one of my favorites…you write it so well. (You have been missed, dear Mary.) Thank you.


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Ann1Az2 2 years ago from Orange, Texas

I find it interesting that Julie Christi won best actress for Darling, yet she was in Dr. Zhivago, I love the Sound of Music. It's my favorite all-time musical. And you are so right about Julie Andrews - always a lady.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

Thank you Genna, its good to be back. My children love to watch Sound of Music even now that they're grown. When my son when to Austria (when he was a freshman in college) he wen to see the Von Trapp Family singers.

Thanks Ann, I thought it was strange too but that's the Academy ;)


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

These were all excellent movies. You made them sounds so enticing, as well. Excellent work!


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Deborah, I appreciate your comment.


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Anne Harrison 2 years ago from Australia

I really enjoy reading your hubs on the Academy Awards, and the memories they bring. Thank you


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York Author

You're welcome Anne. I enjoy doing them and I'm happy when others enjoy them too.

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