The 41st Academy Awards - 1969

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The Academy Awards 1968

April 14, 1969 the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, was home to the 41st Academy Awards Ceremony. It was the first time the Awards had been held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. This Performing Arts Center was opened on September 27, 1964, and is one of the three largest performing arts centers in the United States.

This was only the second time in Academy Awards Ceremony history that there was no host. There were many firsts this year though:

  • Oliver! was the first G-rated film to win Best Picture
  • First and only tie for the Best Actress Award - Katherine Hepburn and Barbara Streisand
  • The first time someone made a good guess at the Best Picture winner. Johnny Carson and Buddy Hackett performed a skit on the Tonight Show naming Oliver! as the Best Picture....the show was taped three hours before the Ceremony.

Oliver!

The movie was an adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name. The musical Broadway show was based on Charles Dickens second novel, originally called The Parish Boy's Progress and later renamed Oliver Twist.

Imagine living in a workhouse! Dickens often used the horrible conditions of the people of that time as a basis for his novels. Oliver is orphaned and winds up in a workhouse. A dirty place run by greedy people. Being deprived of food, Oliver runs away from the workhouse and meets up with a gang of pickpockets.

Who hasn't heard of The Artful Dodger? He is the character that leads Oliver to Fagin and his home of pickpocket boys. Fagin is a mean a greedy leader, but he is more of a deceitful character out for his own good. The other characters and Oliver's history are intriguing and the story holds your interest throughout.

Songs include, Where is Love, Food, Glorious Food, I'll Do Anything, just to name a few.

Nominated for twelve Academy Awards it won six including Best Picture. If you like movies, musicals, or Dickens, don't miss Oliver.

Charly

Cliff Robertson won the Best Actor Award for portraying Charly. A sad and beautiful movie. Charly is an intellectually challenged young man, a man who has the mind of a boy. He goes through an experiment and comes out with the intelligence and mind of a genius. It is beautiful to see his mind grasp things and go beyond anything he could ever have dreamed of. Along with this story is a love story between Charly and his teacher.

I cannot tell you more for fear of ruining the movie for you. "Charly emerges a peculiar combination of sentimentalized documentary, romance, science fiction and social drama," said Variety

Watch it and judge for yourself.

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Rosemary's Baby

I had to jump to the winner of the Best Supporting Actress for several reasons, the first of which is that I loved this movie when it came out. I'm a fan of Scy Fy and horror films so this was right up my alley. Another reason was this film introduced me to Ruth Gordon. Don't get me wrong, she was a stage and screen actress long before this film but I met her here. It was Ruth Gordon who won the Best Supporting Actress. You might remember her from the Clint Eastwood movies, Every Which Way But Loose and Any Which Way You Can.

This movie is a psychological horror film. They're the best type. They grab you and keep you guessing and hoping, but in the end they win.

A young couple moves into a strange, new apartment, against the better judgment of their friend who tells them there is some questionable history here.

When they are there only a short time, a young woman throws herself out of a window. The young couple is befriended by an older couple, the Castevets, the people the young girl was living with. Without too much detail let's just say when Rosemary and her husband decide to try to conceive, after the Castevets give them some hot chocolate Rosemary thinks tastes funny, Rosemary has a dream that she is raped by the devil. She subsequently finds out she is pregnant.

Her husband and the Castevets talk her into seeing their doctor rather than the one recommended by her girlfriend. Rosemary suffers from severe stomach cramps and weight loss. Her friend Hutch who is suspicious of the Castevets, dies before he can tell Rosemary his findings.

Suspense reigns throughout the film. I'll end my description here so I don't ruin this movie for you. Mia Farrow plays Rosemary by the way. Give it a glance, but only if you like horror type movies.

Movies Nominated for Academy Awards (Non Winners)

Best Picture
Best Actor
Best Actress
Funny Girl
Alan Arkin - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Barbara Streisand - Funny Girl
The Lion in Winter
Alan Bates - The Fixer
Patricia Neal - The Subject Was Roses
Rachel, Rachel
Ron Moody - Oliver
Vanessa Redgrave - Isadora
Romeo and Juliet
Peter O'Toole - The Lion in Winter
Joanne Woodward - Rachel, Rachel

Other Films From 1968

The Academy does not always pick the best, or should I say the most favorite films for any particular year. While you may agree with their choices, many do not, or many think some good films were left off the list. Of course the Academy can't name every film for a given year, so here we take a look at some films that were left out.

The Planet of the Apes - Anyone who saw this original Planet of the Apes movie was fascinated by the costumes and creativity and certainly shocked and surprised by the ending.

Bullit - What Steve McQueen fan isn't familiar with Bullit? A crime action film with that famous green Mustang.

Night of the Living Dead - If you think interest in zombies is something new, you haven't seen this movie. It was certainly gory, but it was also selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry as a film deemed, "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - A magical film loved by children, and adults, everywhere. "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, We love you."

The Green Berets - If you like war movies and you're a fan of John Wayne, this one's for you. It wasn't well received at the time of its release because it takes place in Vietnam, but it's a good war movie.

The Odd Couple - Starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemon this comedy spawned two television shows. Slob versus neatnik. Just an all round funny film.

These are but a few of the movies from 1968. I've provided an additional list for you to look through and perhaps remember.

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More Movies From 1968

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey - Kier Dullea
  • The Swimmer - Burt Lancaster
  • Barbarella - Jane Fonda
  • Where Eagles Dare - Richard Burton
  • Yellow Submarine - The Beatles
  • No Way to Treat a Lady - Rod Steiger
  • Hang 'Em High - Clint Eastwood
  • The Detective - Frank Sinatra
  • The Love Bug - Dean Jones
  • Yours, Mine, Ours - Lucille Ball
  • The Boston Strangler - Tony Curtis
  • Candy - Richard Burton
  • The Devil's Brigade - William Holden
  • How Sweet It Is - James Garner
  • I Love You, Alice B. Toklas - Peter Sellers
  • Ice Station Zebra - Rock Hudson
  • Interlude - Oskar Werner
  • Once Upon a Time in the West - Charles Bronson
  • The Secret War of Harry Frigg - Paul Newman
  • The Shoes of the Fisherman - Anthony Quinn

It Was a Good Year

It certainly was a year filled with movies we look back on now as classics. With or without Academy Awards they certainly live on in our memory. I'd love to hear what you think about the movies of this year. Please tell me in your comments.

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lions44 18 months ago from Auburn, WA

Rosemary's Baby still scares me and should have been at least nominated for Best Picture. I'm not a fan of musicals, so I have to pass on Oliver. Great topic. Voted up and shared.


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prettynutjob30 18 months ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

Great hub, voted up, shared, and more! I have always loved Rosemary's baby, the first time I watched it was when my mom rented it at our local video store, in the 1980s, she watched it, and she knew I would like it as well.


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mckbirdbks 18 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

There are some rally good movies on the list here. Nineteen sixty-eight was a big year for me. It would not be long before I found myself in the Army. I look at the list of Hollywood stars and realize that they have been replaced with newer, younger versions. Same all over the place I suppose.


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York Author

Horror films, even psychological thrillers don't do so well with the Academy lions44, but I agree. It was a great movie!

prettynutjob, all of these films provide us with so many memories.

How true Mike, sooner or later everything gets replaced. However, we boomers are putting up a good fight!


DJ Anderson 18 months ago

I had forgotten most of those movies and knew even less star's names.

You did help me remember a few that I had completely forgotten about.

Thanks,

DJ.


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York Author

DJ, I love bringing people's memories back. We often forget about movies we once loved and this is a great way to remember then. You're welcome.


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bravewarrior 18 months ago from Central Florida

I've seen many of these movies, some years after their release. I was only 12 in 1969, so some of them I wasn't allowed to see. Even to this day, I'm not one for scary movies. Can you believe I've never seen Rosemary's Baby?


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billybuc 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

Comments are working....anyway, great movies...The Swimmer was a weird one...totally confused me but in some strange way I enjoyed it. :)


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billybuc 18 months ago from Olympia, WA

I meant the comments aren't working...this is my third try.


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drbj 18 months ago from south Florida

That was a banner year for great - not just good - movies, Mary. Thanks for reminding me. I saw every single film on your lists and my favorite was 'Funny Girl.' Not surprising since I am a Streisand fan.

Thanks, m'dear, for this deja vu treat.


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York Author

Sha, horror certainly isn't a genre everyone enjoys with their evening coffee! I'm not surprised you haven't seen Rosemary's Baby if you aren't a fan of horror 'cause it'll keep you on the edge of your seat. Thanks for stopping by.

Bill your dedication to your fans is amazing. Thanks for putting so much effort into leaving a comment. I agree, I thought The Swimmer was weird too. Why would you go yard to yard to swim? Burt Lancaster is why you enjoyed it ;)

Drbj there certainly were some great movies. Of course I didn't list the not so great. No one can sing like Streisand. You are most welcome my friend, I am glad you enjoyed.


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Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

I love when you do these types of hubs, now I will look into renting some of these classics.. Odd Couple has to be my Favorite.. But I did enjoy the Boston Strangler.. voted up useful and entertaining :)


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York Author

Why am I not surprised you liked The Boston Strangler? LOL, I liked it too! Thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoy the Academy Awards hubs, I think this year was the 87th so I have a few years to go!


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fpherj48 18 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Gosh Tillie...How much I love the Oldies of anything....walking down memory lane is a treasured hobby of mine. Hubs like this one are perfect. Thanks for the recall and all the research. Ah yes....."I remember it well....." UP+++


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York Author

Most welcome GF. What would we be without our memories? "It was at nine, no it was eight....a yes, I remember it well..." I too love the oldies as you can tell. Have a great day.


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Frank Atanacio 18 months ago from Shelton

LOL, I did say Odd Couple First...


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annart 18 months ago from SW England

I'm reminded about lots of films here that I'd completely forgotten, Mary. 1968 was a good year for me; the year I went on the school cruise and a great social year. I loved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 'cos I loved Dick van Dyke. Also Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Mary. Great research too!

Ann


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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York Author

Hopefully Ann, we all have good years to remember, glad this was yours. Those guys were certainly among the very best! Your welcome for the trip, thanks for stopping by and taking it!


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aviannovice 17 months ago from Stillwater, OK

It was a great year for movies. I probably saw about seventy percent of all the movies made that year. Nice touch to add all of them. Now I know what I didn't see.


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Greensleeves Hubs 17 months ago from Essex, UK

Good trip down memory lane. I'm not a big fan of musicals, but I have to say 'Oliver!' - the atmospheric setting, some of the acting performances, and of course the songs - is one of the best ever, and of the films I've seen on this list, I'd say it was a deserving winner of 'Best Picture'.

Others I enjoy from this year are mostly action movies; 'Where Eagles Dare', 'Bullit' and 'Ice Station Zebra' - a particular favourite. And your list reminds me of 'The Odd Couple'. I haven't seen that film in ages - I must get it on DVD and watch it again for the superb interplay between Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau.

Finally, I must return to 'Oliver!' with a sad postscript. Ron Moody who played Fagin in that musical just died 10 days ago on 11th June 2015. He was Oscar nominated as best actor for the role, and - although I haven't seen Cliff Robertson's performance in full - I think Moody should probably have won the Oscar. It was one of the most memorable musical acting performances ever. R.I.P.


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Genna East 17 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Mary... Terrific article on this series I like so much. :-) This certainly was a year for firsts.

'Oliver' was wonderful and deserved to win, but 'The Lion In Winter' captivated me with its incredibly literate script and quality of acting. "What shall we hang first...the holly or each other?" Only Peter O'Toole could deliver this line with such wildly magnetic glee and charm. This was also one of Hepburn's finest roles.

The Oldies were indeed the Goodies, and we can't not include 'The Odd Couple.' Thanks, again, Mary for continuing with this wonderful series. I look forward to reading each new installment. :-)


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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York Author

Deb, writing this series reminds me of movies I've missed as well.

Greensleeves you make very valid points. I didn't know about Ron Moody, so sorry to hear. Choosing one for the Oscar is definitely a tough call.

Genna you are right as always. Peter O'Toole was a 'tool'! I'm still having fun and glad you are too!


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Nell Rose 17 months ago from England

Hi Mary, I love most of these but my favorite has to be Rosmary's Baby! I have seen that film so many times, and its still pretty scary! lol!


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tillsontitan 17 months ago from New York Author

No wonder we get on so well GF! I loved Rosemary's Baby too.


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Dolores Monet 16 months ago from East Coast, United States

Not long ago, I rewatched Rosemary's Baby. I was actually ready to laugh at it but it not only proved rather scary, but the whole look of the movie was amazing. The use of color, the interiors, and the timely fashions made this film so much more than a horror movie. And don't get me started on the kitchen! That kitchen would look perfect in a modern decorating magazine, sans the yellow curtains.

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