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The 39th Academy Awards - 1967
Walt Disney - 1946
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
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)
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
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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