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The 36th Academy Awards - 1964

Updated on February 5, 2014
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Mary has been a movie fan since she was a little girl. She watched movies every night of the week on Million Dollar Theater..


Paul Newman and Patricia Neal
Paul Newman and Patricia Neal | Source

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.

Entertainment Awards

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.

Tom Jones

Tom Jones

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".


Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra
Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra | Source

Academy Award Nominations for 1963 Movies

Best Picture
Best Actor
Best Actress
Tom Jones
Sidney Poitier - Lilies of the Field
Patricia Neal - Hud
America, America
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

An epic western with twenty-four stars!
An epic western with twenty-four stars! | Source

Reading through this hub, which did you see;

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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


Starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant this film was nominated only for its title song.
Starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant this film was nominated only for its title song. | Source

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
  • Goldfinger
  • 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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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Not sure about history Deborah but movies, definitely ;)

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Great work, Mary. I have seen about half the winners, but so many more deserved awards, as indicated. You sure know your history!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thanks Michelle. The movies are just so much fun and I appreciate your sharing.

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      I remember Cleopatra...and Liz Taylor was beautiful and enchanting as she usually is! A great share, and I'm sharing too!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Ah Writer Fox, that is what Patricia Neal won the award for! Yes, fifty years can make a big difference, even in Hollywood. Glad you enjoyed and thanks for the vote.

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      Writer Fox 

      5 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      It took me a minute or two to figure out that the first picture in your article was from the movie Hud. That really is a classic movie. I've seen that one and How the West Was Won. It was interesting to see the other titles on your list. Movies were really different 50 years ago! Enjoyed your review and voted up!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      If you didn't cry through Lassie, Nell, you weren't human ;) Glad you enjoyed my little movie romp and thanks for the vote and share.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Definitely part of our memories mary, and yes I loved them! I see you mentioned lassie, I remember those films, I would cry all the way through! lol! but yes I was only 3 at the time, but of course they were out and popular as I grew older too, voted up and shared! nell

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      I am so impressed Genna, you wrote information about these movies I'm sure many do not know, especially when a $7 million salary is nothing today!

      It is quality and I think more of a love for their craft, but, forty years from now who know what they'll say about the movies.

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      Genna East 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I can’t believe I almost missed this hub, as I do so enjoy this series. The year of “Cleopatra,” and Liz’s landmark salary of a million which she never thought they would accept. (Including a percentage of the gross, in addition to her salary, and other stipulations, she made over $7 million in total.)

      I loved “Love with the Proper Stranger,” with Wood and McQueen, and “Lilies of the Field.” Mr. Poitier certainly deserved the Oscar, although I have always admired Paul Newman. “Hud” was a terrific film. Still, it’s hard to imagine that Fair Lady was passed over.

      I may sound like I was born after my time, but I firmly believe that the quality of these films, in total, dwarfs what we see on screen today. There’s simply no comparison.

      Wonderful hub, Mary…thank you!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Sheri.

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      Sheri Dusseault 

      5 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Mary Poppins never won an award???? Such a classic generation after generation! Great hub!

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      So, I wrote an answer to every comment then lost it! Actually I'm beginning to think I lost it a long time ago. Please forgive me for taking to long to answer but life keeps getting in my way. I still have Christmas trees up and its almost the end of January!! I use everyone's HP name to make sure you are notified I have finally answered your comments.

      Billybuc, thank you for the being the first to visit. Your comments keep me going on this series.

      Ericdierker I know, can you imagine how cheap it was back then? Now it costs you $10 just for the d## ticket!

      DDE, so glad I continue to keep your interest. Glad to know I am educating and entertaining.

      Faith Reaper, so glad I can educate and entertain you! Thank you my dear lady for always being here.

      bdegiulio, I know. This is a year where there were some really great films not nominated though they're saying that now about 2013.

      Jodah, I guess I've come to the Awards where many of us can really relate. Still, the good movies continue.

      Glimmer Twin Fan, I know with the talent of Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke alone you would think Mary Poppins would at least be nominated!

      Frank Atanacio, so glad you enjoy my hubs. How the West Was Won was really an epic film...this series now truly enters our era ;)

      Pamela99, Paul Newman's eyes will live in infamy. A truly great man besides. So glad you enjoyed.

      Astra Nomik, it is I that should be thanking you for stopping by to read!

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      Cathy Nerujen 

      5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      What a lovely hub. I enjoyed this great read. Thank you for tweeting it and bringing me here.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      As that was the year I graduated from high school, I saw probably all of those movies. I remember how I drooled over Paul Newman, but there were some very good movies, which bring back memories to me. Thanks for writing this enjoyable hub.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      I really enjoy when you do these types of hubs.. it makes me think of all the true ..very well directed movies I use to watch.. I didn;t know How the west was won won anything..

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      5 years ago

      Ok - Mary Poppins never got any nominations? Wow. I'm really surprised by that, also The Great Escape. I love the movie Charade and have seen it a number of times. Gonna go update my Netflix list.

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub, you really brought back some memories here. Really showing my age as I have probably seen at least half of those mentioned (though I was only a young child at the time). I can't believe the list of great movies that weren't even nominated. Must have been the golden age of the cinema.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow, what a list. Even the ones that weren't nominated are classics to me. What a series you have going here Mary. Keep them coming, please.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, that certainly was a year of firsts! I always learn so much and it is always fun, which is what makes your series so awesome. You have created another great hub full of interest and insight. I did enjoy the added info too. Up and more and sharing. Well done dear lady, Faith Reaper

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Going back in time and I always learn from your hubs. I was born much later but still enjoyed reading this hub

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great visit to a great time. I sure did see most of those movies -- many more than once. Orpheum Theatre a nice walk from home. I think at about this time it was 75 cents.


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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know they don't consider this the Golden Age of movies, but to me it was. Hud....oh how I loved that movie. My goodness they knew how to make quality back then. You know how much I love this series...thank you, Mary, for another trip down Memory Lane.


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