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The 38th Academy Awards - 1966
Academy Awards Background
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
- Sixteen Going On Seventeen
- 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)
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
Richard Burton - The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
Julie Andrews - The Sound of Music
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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