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36th Academy Awards

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 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 prior to the ceremony.

Best Sound Editing was introduced this year, with It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World winning the award.


  • Awards 1
    • Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award 1.1
  • Presenters and performers 2
    • Presenters 2.1
    • Performers 2.2
  • Multiple nominations and awards 3
  • Sidney Poitier Winning Best Actor 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6


Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface[1]

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 Original Song
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Best Animated Short
Best Original Score Best Adaptation or Treatment Score
Best Sound Editing Best Sound Mixing
Best Art Direction - Set Decoration, Black and White Best Art Direction - Set Decoration, 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

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Presenters and performers



Multiple nominations and awards

These films had multiple nominations:
  • 10 nominations: Tom Jones
  • 9 nominations: Cleopatra
  • 8 nominations: How the West Was Won
  • 7 nominations: Hud
  • 6 nominations: The Cardinal, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • 5 nominations: , Lilies of the Field, Love with the Proper Stranger
  • 4 nominations: America, America
  • 3 nominations: Captain Newman, M.D., Irma la Douce
  • 2 nominations: 55 Days at Peking, Bye Bye Birdie, A New Kind of Love, Sundays and Cybele, This Sporting Life, Twilight of Honor

The following films received multiple awards.

  • 4 wins: Cleopatra, Tom Jones
  • 3 wins: How the West Was Won, Hud
  • 2 wins:

Sidney Poitier Winning Best Actor

Sidney Poitier's performance in the Lilies of the Field as Homer Smith earned him an award for Best Male Actor in a Leading Role.[2] This marked the first time a Black male won a competitive Oscar (Poitier is Bahamian-American).[3] This win came five years after his nomination for Best Actor in the 1958's The Defiant Ones.[2]

The first African-American male would not win Best Actor until 2001 when Denzel Washington won for his portrayal of Alonzo Harris in Training Day.[2]

See also


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