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The 39th Academy Awards - 1967

Updated on October 17, 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..

Walt Disney - 1946

A young Walt Disney, photo taken in 1946
A young Walt Disney, photo taken in 1946 | Source

Nineteen Sixty-Six

Nineteen sixty-six is the year of the films awarded Oscars in 1967. I was a working girl way back then. Remember the tv series Batman? It premiered in 1966 as did the tv series Star Trek. I know you've seen one or the other, I watched both.

Walt Disney died in December of 1966 of complications from lung cancer. If you stop right now I bet you can name at least five Walt Disney animated films. Since this hub is about Academy Awards, did you know Walt Disney won twenty-two? He set up his cartoon studio with his brother, in 1923! His first character, Oswald the Rabbit was not owned by Disney and he didn't get the rights back until 2006.

And so we begin our look at the Academy Awards of nineteen sixty-six, awarded in nineteen sixty-seven.

Opening of the Academy Awards in 1967

1967 Academy Awards

The Awards were again hosted by Bob Hope and held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. They were telecast on tv and lasted for a little over two hours. Presenters included Raquel Welch and Audrey Hepburn. Who wouldn't want to watch those two ladies? In all there were forty-three guest stars on the show.

Vanessa Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave, sisters, were both nominated for Academy Awards. This was the first time two sisters had been nominated at the same time since 1941. Any ideas about who those two sisters were? I'll give you a minute to think about it. Give up? Those two sisters were Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine.

Robert Shaw - in his youth

Robert Shaw played Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons.
Robert Shaw played Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons. | Source

A Man for All Seasons

This film won the Best Picture Award. It was a British film and really dominated the Awards. It also won Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, and Best Director. Additionally, it was nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

The premise of this movie, as taken from Wikipedia:

Sir Thomas More was the 16th-century Lord Chancellor of England who refused to sign a letter asking Pope Clement VII to annul King Henry VIII of England's marriage to Catherine of Aragon and resigned rather than take an Oath of Supremacy declaring Henry VIII Supreme Head of the Church of England. Both the play and the film portray More as a tragic hero, motivated by his devout Roman Catholic faith and envied by rivals, such as Thomas Cromwell. He is also deeply loved by his family and respected by the common people. The film's story is set between 1529 and 1535, at the high point of the reign of Henry VIII of England.

More is a moral man and that is the basis of the play and the movie. It would appear More has a love of the law and that is the basis of his conscience.

Certainly and interesting film to see.

Sir Thomas Moore in A Man for All Seasons

Facts About Elizabeth Taylor

  • Elizabeth Taylor was married eight times
  • She won her first Academy Award in 1961 for Raintree County
  • Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor's love affair began with the filming of "Cleopatra"
  • Before she made films she had a lemonade stand in southern California
  • She didn't go on a date until she was 16

Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf video

Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?

Elizabeth Taylor won Best Actress for this movie. This film was nominated for thirteen Acacemy Awards and won five. According to Wikipedia this is the first film to have its entire cast nominated for acting Oscars (Academy Awards). It was originally a play by Edward Albee, but was adapted, it would appear successfully, to film.

Certainly a film filled with controversy for it's time. A film about an associate professor and his hard drinking wife and the breakdown of their marriage. Language and situations Hollywood did not normally portray. The wife, Martha, is played by Elizabeth Taylor. The husband George, played by Richard Burton, is a drunk but the shocking part is Martha is also a drunk. Elizabeth Taylor gained thirty pounds to portray her. This husband and wife get very nasty in front of their invited guests, a husband and wife, who they wind up involving in their nastiness.

These two really have a love-hate relationship. One of the most famous scenes is Martha(Elizabeth Taylor) in the kitchen, munching on a chicken leg and smoking a cigarette. The guests, by the way, were a younger couple and were invited over at 2:00 am after a party they had all attended. To further show you some of what goes on, here is a quote from Martha, "George's biggest problem about the little...about our son, about our great big son, is that deep down in the private-most pit of his gut, he's not completely sure that it's his own kid."

A movie not everyone will like but if you follow the Academy Awards you will want to put this one on your list.

Movies Nominated for Academy Awards (Non-Winners)

Best Picture
Best Actor
Best Actress
Alan Arkin - The Russians are Coming
Anouk Aimee - A Man and a Woman
The Russians are Coming
Richard Burton - Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf
Ida Kaminska - The Shop on Main Street
The Sand Pebbles
Michael Caine - Alfie
Lynn Redgrave - Georgy Girl
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf
Steve McQueen - Sand Pebbles
Vanessa Redgrave - Morgan!

The Real Elsa - a beautiful lioness


Born Free

A little different than the other Academy Award winners this year was Born Free. A film about a couple who raised a lion, well actually a lioness named Elsa. Born Free was nominated for Best Original Song.

The Adamsons adopt three orphaned lion cubs. Two are sent to a zoo, but the third, Elsa remains with them and they raise her. When she starts to hunt Adamson's boss insists she be sent to a zoo or released in the wild. They don't want her sent to a zoo so Joy Adamson trains her to return to the wild. The return is a tearful one, for Joy and the audience. The Adamsons then return to England. A year later they return to Kenya hoping to see Elsa. They do and she remembers them. She remembers them and now has three cubs of her own. The best part about this movie is that it is based on a real couple and a real lioness and has a happily ever after ending.

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    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Ron, Walt Disney was a creative genius for sure. I wasn't thrilled with the top movies of this year but did love Born Free.

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      Ronald E Franklin 

      4 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      Like probably most people, I hadn't realized that Disney had collected so many Oscars. He certainly was an animation pioneer. I have to admit that none of those 1967 winners make my favorites list.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Deb. I especially loved Born Free because it was true!

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      As always, good work. I remember all those films, especially, 'Born Free.'

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Nice to see you here Greensleeves. No one will ever compare to Bob Hope, he was unique in his abilities and entertainment.

      The "Academy" doesn't always pick the popular films but it is a good place to start if you're looking back at movies. "Virginia Wolf" was a bit hard to take when I watched it then. Maybe I should watch it again now and see if my opinion has changed.

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      Greensleeves Hubs 

      4 years ago from Essex, UK

      What a nice trip down memory lane Mary. I would probably have been too young to watch the Academy Awards at the time, but of course most of the actors and actresses are familiar, and it's always intriguing to see archive footage such as this. The video of Bob Hope's speech was great - humorous, and nice to see that they were as irreverent back then as they are now. And of course with the benefit of hindsight, nice to see the little dig at the aspiring actor-cum-politician, Governor Ronald Reagan. I wonder whatever became of him? :-)

      Inevitably there are many films which are much loved which weren't considered for awards, but among those that were, I have fond childhood memories of 'Born Free' and I must watch 'A Man for all Seasons' again. Never seen 'Virginia Woolf', but it looks like a remarkable performance by the four actors - particularly Elizabeth Taylor.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Raquel Welsh and Audrey Hepburn are certainly head turners ;) 1967 is a long time ago and yet not that long! You are certainly welcome Jodah, thank you for reading my hubs.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for the memories Mary. I think the best part about the awards that year were Raquel Welsh and Audrey Hepburn presenting awards.. :) and Bob Hope was always good value as host.

      I have seen most of those movies but the only one I can remember well is Born Free. Good addition to this series of hubs.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks for sharing your memories Ann and of course for voting up.

      Genna, thanks for interesting trivia. I remember when Robert Shaw died and how sad it was. Thank you for always being here!

      Thank you DD.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A very interesting hub. I enjoy reading about the old times.

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      Genna East 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      The quality of the 1967 Award video is very good, Mary. It was fun watching it and a little surreal given how many years have passed. So many legends. Bob Hope’s monologue was funny. The Reagan’s looked so young! I understand that during the filming of Wolf, Liz Taylor insisted on being shot without any of those tricks camera people use such as backlighting, etc., to make an actress look a bit younger or more attractive. Although overweight and behaving as bawdy as a drunken sailor, she was still beautiful. And I always thought the Irish Robert Shaw was a very handsome man…even in “Jaws”. (He passed away at the early age of 51.) “Born Free” is a timeless film. I always enjoy these installments. Thank you!

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      4 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Elizabeth Taylor - what a gorgeous woman and she had a weight problem - always had to lose weight between movies. I don't think she ever stopped loving Richard Burton - they just couldn't get along. The song Born Free was well loved. I remember it and used to sing it. Well done and voted up.

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      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thank YOU for reading Phyllis. I enjoy doing these hubs because it brings back memories for me too. I appreciate the votes as well.

      Nell you're a girl after me own heart ;) I cry at anything like it. Thanks for sharing!

      I agree Laura. A lot of talent goes into movies and they need to be recognized.

      DreamingBoomer, yes, the same thing happened to two guys in London. Its amazing how a "savage" cat can remember the kindness showed to it. The Awards are certainly a great place to get ideas for movies to watch.

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      Karen Kay 

      4 years ago from Jackson, MS

      I don't think I ever saw born free.... but I do remember the song. What a great story! I heard a similar one about two guys in London several years later. I absolutely love the Academy Awards and try to at least do my due diligence and read up on all the nominees every year. I hardly ever get to see them all, but keep them on my list and "catch up" the next year as they come out on dvd.

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      Laura Smith 

      4 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      This is cool. I love the Academy Awards. People love to put them down, but why not celebrate talented filmmakers?

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      Nell Rose 

      4 years ago from England

      Oh don't talk to me about born free! LOL! I was 6 years old, and my mum took me to the cinema to watch it. I can remember it so clearly! I sobbed my heart out so loud she had to take me out of the building! lol! Great list and fascinating to see and remember these films, nell

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I so enjoyed reading this hub, Mary, and watching the videos. Boy! did this ever bring back memories. I have watched all the movies from that year, some several times - Virginia Woolfe was certainly shocking back then. Born Free was my favorite movie and I still love it.

      You have done a remarkable job of research and presentation on this hub. Thank you for these moments of nostalgia.

      Up, A, I and H+

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      DannoMan I think anything with Steve McQueen is always good. Sixty-six was a good year to ask 'what's it all about, is it just for a moment we live ...' Glad you enjoyed the stroll.

      Mckbirdbks sometimes its hard to determine how certain movies win and certain ones don't. I do know if you put your hub series into a book it would likely wind up on the best seller's list.

      Thank you Eric. The Russians Are Coming was certainly a hoot. I think I miss drive-ins the most, good or bad movie they were fun.

      Faith time does slip by so quickly we don't even notice. To tell you the truth, I had forgotten about Born Free too! Your votes, tweets and pin are much appreciated, but the blessings mean the most. Blessings back to you our lovely Faith!

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      I watched both Batman and Star Trek and can't believe they started that long ago! What an interesting year for sure. Oh, I love Born Free and had forgotten all about it until I read your hub. This series is always enjoyable and we can all add our favorite movies on our list of movies to watch again.

      Up ++++ tweeting and pinning


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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Nicely done, as usual my favs never win. Sand Pepples and the Russians are coming were great that year. And I probably saw Born Free 3 times. Small towns and movie theaters and drive ins. Those were the days of the greats.

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      4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      You highlight some great films. What a nice walk down memory lane this morning. The Sand Pebbles is a very good movie, just too much competition that year. 1966 what an age ago that was.

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      4 years ago

      I had forgotten about Born Free. I own a copy of that one, as well as Alfie, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf, and The Sand Pebbles. Thanks for a nice stroll down memory lane.

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      Thanks Frank. I know, sometimes its hard to visualize some actors "young". He was a great one!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago from Shelton

      a very entertaining hub as usual Till... wow look how young Shaw looks like LOL.. again very entertaining my friend :)

    • tillsontitan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Craig 

      4 years ago from New York

      You are so welcome Bill. It is hard to pick a favorite that year as, in my mind, there are no real GREAT ones.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've seen them all, of course, but none of them are among my favorites. I was in college, and I have no doubt I went to movies, but I don't remember which one. I think I saw these years later on television....anyway, another wonderful installment. Thanks for the memories.


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