ⓘ 34th Academy Awards

                                     

ⓘ 34th Academy Awards

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 13th time Hope hosted the Oscars.

Legendary filmmaker Federico Fellini received his first Best Director nomination for his film La Dolce Vita, though the movie itself failed to garner a nomination for Best Picture.

Sophia Loren became the first thespian to win an acting Oscar for a non-English-speaking role as well as only the seventh person ever to win the Best Actress for a film with singular nomination, a feat that wouldnt occur again until 1989, when Jodie Foster won Best Actress for her performance in The Accused.

                                     

1.1. Awards Academy Honorary Awards

  • Jerome Robbins "for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film."
  • Fred L. Metzler "for his dedication and outstanding service to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."
  • 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."
                                     

1.2. Awards 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. 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 George 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. For the first time, two directors shared the award in the Directing category Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins for "West Side Story".

                                     

2.1. Presenters and performers Presenters

  • George Chakiris and Carolyn Jones Presenters: Documentary Awards
  • Debbie Reynolds Presenter: Best Original Song
  • Charles Brackett Presenter: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to George Seaton
  • Carroll Baker and Richard Chamberlain Presenters: Art Direction Awards
  • Rock Hudson Presenter: Best Supporting Actress
  • Rosalind Russell Presenter: Best Director
  • Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick Presenters: Writing Awards
  • George Hamilton and Glynis Johns Presenters: Short Subjects Awards
  • Anthony Franciosa and Joanne Woodward Presenters: Best Sound Recording
  • Gene Kelly Presenter: Honorary Award to Jerome Robbins
  • Joan Crawford Presenter: Best Actor
  • Macdonald Carey and Shirley Knight Presenters: Best Special Effects
  • Burt Lancaster Presenter: Best Actress
  • Shirley Jones Presenter: Best Supporting Actor
  • Vince Edwards and Shelley Winters Presenters: Cinematography Awards
  • Eric Johnston Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
  • Wendell Corey Presenter: Honorary Award to Fred L. Metzler
  • Cyd Charisse and Tony Martin Presenters: Music Awards
  • Eddie Albert and Dina Merrill Presenters: Costume Design Awards
  • Arthur Freed Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Stanley Kramer
  • Fred Astaire Presenter: Best Picture


                                     

2.2. Presenters and performers Performers

  • Johnny Mathis "Love Theme from El Cid The Falcon and the Dove" from El Cid)
  • Gene Pitney "Town Without Pity" from Town Without Pity
  • Gogi Grant "Pocketful of Miracles" from Pocketful of Miracles
  • Ann-Margret "Bachelor in Paradise" from Bachelor in Paradise
  • Andy Williams "Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffanys