ⓘ 37th Academy Awards

                                     

ⓘ 37th Academy Awards

The 37th Academy Awards honored film achievements of 1964. For the first time, an award was presented in the field of makeup.

The Best Picture winner of 1964, director George Cukors My Fair Lady, was about the transformative training of a rough-speaking flower girl into a lady. The musical had run for many years on the stage in both NYC and London. Audrey Hepburn, the female lead of the film, was controversially not nominated for Best Actress. The unpopularity of her replacing Julie Andrews – who had originated the role on Broadway and, coincidentally, the Best Actress winner of the year for Mary Poppins – as well as the revelation that the majority of her singing was dubbed by Marni Nixon which wasnt approved by Hepburn herself were seen as the main reasons for the snub.

The ceremony was produced by MGMs Joe Pasternak and hosted, for the 14th time, by Bob Hope. The awards show was a star-studded one, including an appearance by Judy Garland, who sang a medley of Cole Porter songs in tribute to the composer, who had died in October 1964.

This event marked the first time that more than two films had received ten or more nominations repeated at the 50th and 92nd Academy Awards, and the only time in Oscar history that three films got twelve or more nominations: Becket and My Fair Lady each received twelve, while Mary Poppins received thirteen. It was also the first year since the inception of the Supporting Actor and Actress categories wherein all four acting Oscars were won by non-American performers; this would be repeated at the 80th Academy Awards.