34th Academy Awards
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|34th Academy Awards|
|Date||April 9, 1962|
|Site||Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California|
|Best Picture||West Side Story|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||2 hours, 10 minutes|
The 34th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1961, were held on April 9, 1962 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. They were hosted by Bob Hope; this was the seventh time Hope hosted the Oscars. For the first time in Oscar history, the show lasted longer than two hours.
News and recap
The most memorable event of the night was when Stan Berman, a New York City cabdriver, awarded Bob Hope a homemade Oscar after he had slipped through security and made his way to the stage. Among the many dresses worn that night, Joan Crawford wore a spaghetti strap gown with jewels she had worn at an earlier appearance at the Oscars. Shirley Jones wore a strapless gown covered by ornate fabric. Shirley Knight's gown used a sheer overlay to create the illusion of two layers of fabric. Debbie Reynolds's black and white gown was inspired by an envelope.
Both Jackie Gleason (in "The Hustler") and Judy Garland (in "Judgment At Nuremberg") were heavily favored to win the awards for best supporting actor and actress. However, they were defeated by Ceorge Chakiris and Rita Moreno as part of the "West Side Story" sweep. The musical film wound up winning a total of ten Academy Awards including Best Picture.
- "Ladies and gentlemen, I'm the world's greatest gatecrasher, and I just came here to present Bob Hope with his 1938 trophy." -- Stan Berman, a Brooklyn cabdriver.
- "We'll give it to him." -- Shelley Winters, in response to Berman. She had been onstage awarding the Academy Award for Best Cinematography with Vince Edwards.
- "Who needs Price Waterhouse? All we need is a doorman" -- Bob Hope, about the incident.
Winners & Nominees
Best Actor in a Leading Role
- Paul Newman in The Hustler
- Spencer Tracy in Judgment at Nuremberg
- Charles Boyer in Fanny
- Stuart Whitman in The Mark
Best Actress in a Leading Role
- Piper Laurie in The Hustler
- Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's
- Natalie Wood in Splendor in the Grass
- Geraldine Page in Summer and Smoke
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
- Montgomery Clift in Judgment at Nuremberg
- George C. Scott in The Hustler
- Jackie Gleason in The Hustler
- Peter Falk in Pocketful of Miracles
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
- Judy Garland in Judgment at Nuremberg
- Una Merkel in Summer and Smoke
- Fay Bainter in The Children's Hour
- Lotte Lenya in The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
- Stanley Kramer for Judgment at Nuremberg
- Federico Fellini for La dolce vita
- J. Lee Thompson for The Guns of Navarone
- Robert Rossen for The Hustler
Best Original Screenplay
- La dolce vita - Federico Fellini , Tullio Pinelli , Ennio Flaiano and Brunello Rondi
- Ballada o soldate - Valentin Ezhov and Grigori Chukhrai
- Il generale della Rovere - Sergio Amidei , Diego Fabbri and Indro Montanelli
- Lover Come Back - Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning
Best Adapted Screenplay
- West Side Story - Ernest Lehman
- Breakfast at Tiffany's - George Axelrod
- The Guns of Navarone - Carl Foreman
- The Hustler - Robert Rossen and Sidney Carroll
Best Cinematography, Color
Best Cinematography, Black & White
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black & White
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color
Best Costume Design, Black & White
Best Costume Design
Best Film Editing
Best Effects, Special Effects
Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture
- Babes in Toyland - George Bruns
- Flower Drum Song - Alfred Newman and Ken Darby
- Khovanshchina - Dmitri Shostakovich
- Paris Blues - Duke Ellington
Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
- El Cid - Miklos Rozsa
- Fanny - Morris Stoloff and Harry Sukman]]
- Summer and Smoke - Elmer Bernstein
- The Guns of Navarone - Dimitri Tiomkin
Best Music, Original Song
- Bachelor in Paradise from Bachelor in Paradise - Music by Henry Mancini and Lyrics by Mack David
- Love Theme from El Cid (The Falcon and the Dove) from El Cid - Music by Miklos Rozsa and Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
- Pocketful of Miracles from Pocketful of Miracles - Music by Jimmy Van Heusen and Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
- Town Without Pity from Town Without Pity - Music by Dimitri Tiomkin and Lyrics by Ned Washington
Best Short Subjects, Live Action Subjects
Best Short Subjects, Cartoons
Best Documentary, Short Subjects
Best Documentary, Features
Le ciel et la boue
Best Foreign Language Film
- Eien no hito - Japan
- Harry og kammertjeneren - Denmark
- Placido - Spain
- Animas Trujano (El hombre importante) - Mexico
Fred L. Meltzer - For his dedication and outstanding service to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Jerome Robbins - For his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film.
William L. Hendricks - For his outstanding patriotic service in the conception, writing and production of the Marine Corps film, A Force in Readiness, which has brought honor to the Academy and the motion picture industry.
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
- 10/11 West Side Story
- 2/11 Judgment at Nuremberg
- 2/9 The Hustler
- 2/5 Breakfast at Tiffany's
- 1/7 The Guns of Navarone
- 1/2 Splendor in the Grass
- 0/5 Fanny
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