1966 in film

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The year 1966 in film involved some significant events. A Man for All Seasons won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Events[edit]

Entertainment pioneer Walt Disney, best known for his creation of Mickey Mouse, breakthroughs in the field of animation and theme park design and other achievements, died on 15 December 1966 at the age of sixty-five. He died while he was producing The Jungle Book, The Happiest Millionaire, and Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day; the last three films under his personal supervision.

Top grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

Rank Title Studio Actors Gross
1. The Bible: In the Beginning... 20th Century Fox Michael Parks, Richard Harris, John Huston, George C. Scott, Ava Gardner, Stephen Boyd, Peter O'Toole $34,900,023[1]
2. Hawaii United Artists Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow, Richard Harris, Gene Hackman, Jocelyne LaGarde $34,562,222[2]
3. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Warner Bros. Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis $33,736,689[3]
4. The Sand Pebbles 20th Century Fox Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Candice Bergen, Richard Crenna, Marayat Andriane, Mako $30,017,647[4]
5. A Man For All Seasons Columbia Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw, John Hurt $28,350,000[5]
6. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly United Artists Clint Eastwood, Eli Wallach, Lee Van Cleef $25,100,000[6]
7. Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N. Walt Disney Pictures Dick Van Dyke, Nancy Kwan $22,565,634[7]
8. The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming United Artists Alan Arkin, Eva Marie Saint, Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner $21,693,114[8]
9. Grand Prix MGM James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand, Toshiro Mifune $20,845,016[9]
10. Blowup MGM David Hemmings, Vanessa Redgrave $20,000,000[10]
11. The Professionals Columbia Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Claudia Cardinale, Jack Palance $19,537,346[11]
12. Alfie Paramount Michael Caine, Shelley Winters $18,871,300[12]
13. Georgy Girl Columbia Lynn Redgrave, James Mason $16,873,162[13]
14. The Silencers Columbia Dean Martin, Stella Stevens $16,318,124[14]
15. Follow Me, Boys! Walt Disney Pictures Fred MacMurray, Vera Miles, Kurt Russell $16,207,116[15]
16. The Blue Max 20th Century Fox George Peppard, James Mason $16,151,612[16]
17. Our Man Flint 20th Century Fox James Coburn $16,000,000[17]
18. The Wild Angels AIP Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra $15,541,070[18]
19. A Man and a Woman United Artists Anouk Aimée, Jean-Louis Trintignant $14,000,000[19]
20. Torn Curtain Universal Paul Newman, Julie Andrews $13,000,000[20]
21. Fantastic Voyage 20th Century Fox Stephen Boyd, Raquel Welch $12,000,000[21]
22. Harper Warner Bros. Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall, Robert Wagner, Janet Leigh $12,000,000[22]
23. Walk, Don't Run Columbia Cary Grant, Samantha Eggar, Jim Hutton $7,500,000[23]
24. The Fortune Cookie United Artists Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Judi West, Ron Rich $6,800,000[24]
25. The Group United Artists Candice Bergen, Joan Hackett, Elizabeth Hartman $6,000,000[25]

Awards[edit]

Academy Awards:

Best Picture: A Man for All Seasons - Highland, Columbia
Best Director: Fred Zinnemann - A Man for All Seasons
Best Actor: Paul Scofield - A Man for All Seasons
Best Actress: Elizabeth Taylor - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Supporting Actor: Walter Matthau - The Fortune Cookie
Best Supporting Actress: Sandy Dennis - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best Foreign Language Film: A Man and a Woman (Un homme et une femme), directed by Claude Lelouch, France

BAFTA Film Awards:

Best Film from any Source: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Best British film: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

Golden Globe Awards:

Drama:
Best Picture: A Man for All Seasons
Best Actor: Paul ScofieldA Man for All Seasons
Best Actress: Anouk AiméeA Man and a Woman
Musical or comedy:
Best Picture: The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming
Best Actor: Alan ArkinThe Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming
Best Actress: Lynn RedgraveGeorgy Girl
Other
Best Director: Fred ZinnemannA Man for All Seasons

Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

A Man and a Woman (Un homme et une femme), directed by Claude Lelouch, France
Signore & Signori (The Birds, the Bees and the Italians), directed by Pietro Germi, Italy

Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

The Battle of Algiers (La Battaglia di Algeri), directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, Algeria / Italy

Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

Cul-de-sac, directed by Roman Polanski, United Kingdom

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Bible: In the Beginning, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hawaii, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Sand Pebbles, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ "A Man For All Seasons, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Box Office Information". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N., Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming!, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Grand Prix, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ Corliss, Richard (5 August 2007). "When Antonioni Blew Up the Movies". Time. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  11. ^ "The Professionals, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Alfie, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Georgy Girl, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  14. ^ "The Silencers, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Follow Me, Boys!, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  16. ^ "The Blue Max, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Our Man Flint, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  18. ^ "The Wild Angels, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  19. ^ "A Man and a Woman, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Torn Curtain, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Fantastic Voyage, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Harper, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved May 22, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Box Office Information for Walk, Don't Run". The Numbers. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  24. ^ Box Office Information for The Fortune Cookie. IMDb. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  25. ^ "Box Office Information for The Group". The Numbers. Retrieved June 6, 2013.