36th Academy Awards

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36th Academy Awards
DateMonday, April 13, 1964
SiteSanta Monica Civic Auditorium
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Hosted byJack Lemmon
Produced byRichard Dunlap
George Sidney
Directed byRichard Dunlap
Best PictureTom Jones
Most awardsCleopatra and Tom Jones (4)
Most nominationsTom Jones (10)
TV in the United States

The 36th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1963, were held on April 13, 1964, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. They were hosted by Jack Lemmon.

Best Picture winner Tom Jones became the only film in history to garner three Best Supporting Actress nominations; it also tied the Oscar record of five unsuccessful acting nominations, set by Peyton Place at the 30th Academy Awards.

This year's winner for Best Actress category was unique. Although playing a supporting role and having a relatively small amount on the screen, Patricia Neal won the Best Actress category for her lead (or supporting) role in Hud. The movie also won for Best Supporting Actor for Melvyn Douglas and Best Cinematography – Black and White. It was the second and, to date, last film to win two acting awards without being nominated for Best Picture (the other being The Miracle Worker).

At age 71 Margaret Rutherford set a then record for the oldest winner for Best Supporting Actress. Coincidentally, the year before Patty Duke set a then record for the youngest winner ever. Rutherford was also only the 2nd Oscar winner to be over the age of 70 at the time of her win. The other was Edmund Gwenn.

This was the only time in the history of the Academy Awards that all Best Supporting Actress nominees were born outside the United States.

This was the first time a Black actor won Best Actor, and the first time a winning film (An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge) had been aired on network television before the ceremony.

Sammy Davis Jr. announced the winner in the category scoring of music, adaptation or treatment but was given the envelope with the name of a winner in a different category (score, substantially original).[1]

Best Sound Effects was introduced this year with It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World winning the award. Winner Margaret Rutherford who won for her role in The V.I.P.s was the last woman born in the 19th century to ever win


Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface[2]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Best Foreign Language Film Best Song
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short Subject
Best Live Action Short Subject Best Short Subject – Cartoons
Best Music Score – Substantially Original Best Scoring of Music — Adaptation or Treatment
Best Sound Effects Best Sound
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 Special Effects

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award[edit]

Presenters and performers[edit]



Multiple nominations and awards[edit]

Sidney Poitier winning Best Actor[edit]

Sidney Poitier's performance in Lilies of the Field as Homer Smith earned him an award for Best Actor in a Leading Role.[3] This marked the first time a Black male won a competitive Oscar (Poitier is Bahamian-American).[4] This win came five years after his nomination for Best Actor in the 1958's The Defiant Ones.[3]

Another African-American male would not win Best Actor until 2001 when Denzel Washington won for his portrayal of Alonzo Harris in Training Day.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Konerman, Jennifer (26 February 2017). "Oscars Shocker: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway Read Wrong Best Picture Winner". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 27 February 2017.
  2. ^ "The 36th Academy Awards (1964) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on May 2, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "THE WINNERS". The Academy Awards. Archived from the original on 10 January 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  4. ^ "THE WINNER". The Academy Awards. Archived from the original on 10 January 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2014.