33rd Academy Awards

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33rd Academy Awards
Date April 17, 1961
Site Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California
Host Bob Hope
Producer Arthur Freed
Director Richard Dunlap
Best Picture The Apartment
Most awards The Apartment (5)
Most nominations The Apartment (10)
TV in the United States
Network ABC

The 33rd Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1960, were held on April 17, 1961, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. They were hosted by Bob Hope.

Gary Cooper was too ill to attend the ceremony, so his close friend James Stewart accepted the Honorary Oscar on his behalf. Stewart's emotional speech hinted that something was seriously wrong, and the next day newspapers ran the headline, "Gary Cooper has cancer." One month later, on May 13, 1961, six days after his 60th birthday, Cooper died.

The Apartment marked the last black and white film to win Best Picture during the era when use of black and white film was still common, as well as the last until 1993 when Schindler's List won.

Despite receiving mixed-to-negative reception and bombing at the box office, The Alamo received several Oscar nominations over better-regarded and prestigious films Psycho, Spartacus, and Swiss Family Robinson. This was largely due to intense lobbying by the film's lead actor, producer, and director John Wayne.[1] The film is thought to have been denied awards because Academy voters were alienated by an overblown publicity campaign by Wayne, particularly one Variety ad claiming that the film's cast was praying harder for Chill Wills to win his award than the defenders of the Alamo prayed for their lives before the battle. The ad, placed by Wills, reportedly angered Wayne, who took out an ad of his own deploring Wills' tastelessness. In response to Wills' ad, claiming that all the voters were his "Alamo Cousins," Groucho Marx took out a small ad which simply said, "Dear Mr. Wills, I am delighted to be your cousin, but I voted for Sal Mineo," (Wills' rival nominee for Exodus).[2]


Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface[3]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Best Animated Short
Best Dramatic or Comedy Score Best Musical Score
Best Original Song Best Sound Recording
Best Art Direction, Black and White Best Art Direction, Color
Best Cinematography, Black and White Best Cinematography, Color
Best Costume Design, Black and White Best Costume Design, Color
Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects

Academy Honorary Awards[edit]

Academy Juvenile Award[edit]

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award[edit]

Presenters and performers[edit]



Multiple nominations and awards[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dirks, Tim. http://www.filmsite.org/aa60.html
  2. ^ Levy, Emanuel. Oscar Scandals: Chill Wills http://www.emanuellevy.com/article.php?articleID=822
  3. ^ "The 33rd Academy Awards (1961) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved May 4, 2015. 

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