ⓘ 36th Academy Awards

36th Academy Awards

ⓘ 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 years 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 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 as the oldest winner for Best Supporting Actress, a year after Patty Duke set a then-record as the youngest ever winner. Rutherford was also only the second Oscar winner over the age of 70 at the time of her win the other was Edmund Gwenn, as well as becoming the last woman born in the 19th century to win.

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

Sidney Poitier became the first Black actor to win Best Actor, and An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge was the first Oscar-winning film to have aired on network television prior to the ceremony.

Best Sound Effects was introduced this year, with Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World winning the award.


1.1. Presenters and performers Presenters

  • Rita Hayworth Presenter: Best Director
  • Shirley MacLaine Presenter: Short Subjects Awards
  • Sidney Poitier Presenter: Best Film Editing
  • James Stewart Presenter: Cinematography Awards
  • Angie Dickinson Presenter: Best Special Effects
  • Ed Begley Presenter: Best Supporting Actress
  • Julie Andrews Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
  • Anne Baxter and Fred MacMurray Presenter: Art Direction Awards
  • Shirley Jones Presenter: Best Song
  • Edward G. Robinson Presenter: Writing Awards
  • Sammy Davis Jr. Presenter: Music Awards
  • Gregory Peck Presenter: Best Actress
  • Patty Duke Presenter: Best Supporting Actor
  • Steve McQueen Presenter: Sound Awards
  • Anne Bancroft Presenter: Best Actor
  • Donna Reed Presenter: Costume Design Awards
  • Debbie Reynolds Presenter: Documentary Awards
  • Frank Sinatra Presenter: Best Picture

1.2. Presenters and performers Performers

  • James Darren
  • Andy Williams "Call Me Irresponsible" from Papas Delicate Condition and "Charade" from Charade
  • Katyna Ranieri "More" from Mondo Cane
  • Harve Presnell "So Little Time" from 55 Days at Peking

2. Sidney Poitier winning Best Actor

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

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. Sammy Davis Jr. envelope error

During the awards ceremony, Sammy Davis, Jr. was accidentally given the wrong winners envelope, and when he was supposed to announce the award for Best Music Score for an Adaptation or Treatment, he announced that the winner was John Addison for Tom Jones, which was the winner for Best Music Score - Substantially Original. Davis acknowledged his mistake, was handed the correct envelope for the category a few seconds later, and read the correct winners name.

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