Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fifty Years Ago: 1967 Oscars

Always interesting to see which Oscar winners have stood the test of time. A Man for all Seasons is such a typical Hollywood Oscar winner. But who remembers it today? Actor: I would have voted for Michael Caine or Richard Burton. Supporting Actor: Matthau is as good a choice as any.  Actress: Taylor was pretty good here. Sandy Dennis was perfect in her role. Mike Nichols got robbed. Interesting at this point in time they had categories for black and white and color films for categories like cinematography. 1966 was not a particularly strong year, was it? I think we have much better films this year than that one. Unless there are gems not on here.

 Actor

Winner

Paul Scofield

A Man for All Seasons

Nominees

Alan Arkin

The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming

Richard Burton

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Michael Caine

Alfie

Steve McQueen

The Sand Pebbles

Actor in a Supporting Role

Winner

Walter Matthau

The Fortune Cookie

Nominees

Mako

The Sand Pebbles

James Mason

Georgy Girl

George Segal

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Robert Shaw

A Man for All Seasons

Actress

Winner

Elizabeth Taylor

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Nominees

Anouk Aimee

A Man and a Woman

Ida Kaminska

The Shop on Main Street

Lynn Redgrave

Georgy Girl

Vanessa Redgrave

Morgan!

Actress in a Supporting Role

Winner

Sandy Dennis

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Nominees

Wendy Hiller

A Man for All Seasons

Jocelyne Lagarde

Hawaii

Vivien Merchant

Alfie

Geraldine Page

You're a Big Boy Now

Directing

Winner

A Man for All Seasons

Fred Zinnemann

Nominees

Blow-Up

Michelangelo Antonioni

A Man and a Woman

Claude Lelouch

The Professionals

Richard Brooks

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Mike Nichols
Foreign Language Film

Winner

A Man and a Woman

France

Nominees

The Battle of Algiers

Italy

Loves of a Blonde

Czechoslovakia

Pharaoh

Poland

Three

Yugoslavia

Music (Original Music Score)

Winner

Born Free

John Barry

Nominees

The Bible

Toshiro Mayuzumi

Hawaii

Elmer Bernstein

The Sand Pebbles

Jerry Goldsmith

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Alex North

Music (Scoring of Music--adaptation or treatment)

Winner

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Ken Thorne

Nominees

The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Luis Enrique Bacalov

Return of the Seven

Elmer Bernstein

The Singing Nun

Harry Sukman

Stop the World--I Want to Get Off

Al Ham

Music (Song)

Winner

Born Free

Born Free in "Born Free" Music by John Barry; Lyrics by Don Black

Nominees

Alfie

Alfie in "Alfie" Music by Burt Bacharach; Lyrics by Hal David

Georgy Girl

Georgy Girl in "Georgy Girl" Music by Tom Springfield; Lyrics by Jim Dale

Hawaii

My Wishing Doll in "Hawaii" Music by Elmer Bernstein; Lyrics by Mack David

An American Dream

A Time For Love in "An American Dream" Music by Johnny Mandel; Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster

Best Picture

Winner

A Man for All Seasons

Fred Zinnemann, Producer

Nominees

Alfie

Lewis Gilbert, Producer

The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming

Norman Jewison, Producer

The Sand Pebbles

Robert Wise, Producer

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Ernest Lehman, Producer

Writing (Screenplay--based on material from another medium)

Winner

A Man for All Seasons

Robert Bolt

Nominees

Alfie

Bill Naughton

The Professionals

Richard Brooks

The Russians Are Coming The Russians Are Coming

William Rose

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Ernest Lehman

Writing (Story and Screenplay--written directly for the screen)

Winner

A Man and a Woman

Story by Claude Lelouch; Screenplay by Claude Lelouch, Pierre Uytterhoeven

Nominees

Blow-Up

Story by Michelangelo Antonioni; Screenplay by Michelangelo Antonioni, Tonino Guerra, Edward Bond

The Fortune Cookie

Billy Wilder, I. A. L. Diamond

Khartoum

Robert Ardrey

The Naked Prey

Clint Johnston, Don Peters

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Winner

George Bagnall

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Winner

Robert Wise

16 comments:

Al Tucher said...
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Margot Kinberg said...

So interesting to look back at the films and people making the news that year.

Bill Crider said...

50 years? Wow. Seems like only a few months ago. I remember a lot of these movies and performances very well.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I'll take those Best Song nominees over any recent year's mostly awful choices.

And stay off my lawn!

VIRGINIA WOOLF was, believe it or not, where we went on our first actual date, January 14, 1967. And yet we survived that.

Most of the nominees were the cream of the crop, because if you check Wikipedia, for instance, for the list of 1966 film releases you won't see any overlooked gems there. There just wasn't much.

Rick Robinson said...

Goldsmith's Sand Pebbles was a much better score, but Born Free had the popular song...

Steve Oerkfitz said...
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Elgin Bleecker said...

Cool idea to look back. I would have given SAND PEBBLES best picture, STEVE MCQUEEN best actor, and MAKO from the same film, best supporting actor. I think they got the actresses right, although LYNN REDGRAVE really was good in GEORGY GIRL. ANTONIONI should have gotten best director for BLOW UP. DAVID HEMMINGS, the lead in that one, was not even nominated. Amazing that A MAN AND A WOMAN beat THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS for best foreign film, and BATTLE's director, Gillo Pontecorvo, did not get a nomination.

Joe Allegretti said...

For what it's worth (maybe nothing), I thought Paul Scofield's performance was among the greatest I've seen. Although perhaps not as great as his King Lear!

George said...

The quality of movies in 1967 was way better than today. Better actors, too!

Nancy Humphrys said...

Oh no, now I can't get the 'A man and a woman' theme song out of my brain, serious earworm. The movie still makes me feel kind of romantic and happy... ahhh, the French!

pattinase (abbott) said...

And now I have it too!

Steve Oerkfitz said...

The posting at 2:54 is not mine.

My favorites would be The Sand Pebbles or Blow Up and Steve McQueen.
Hated Born Free-such an awful song.

pattinase (abbott) said...

"Limey" was a giveaway. But I decided to wait just in case.

Yvette said...

I love THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING. Should have been best film. But comedies rarely got chosen back then.

I thought WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLFE so overwrought and over-acted. Actually I didn't think much of any of these pictures except THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING, etc.

I think the song from ALFIE should have won.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I love ALFIE. It reminds me of 1966 more than any of the rest. Except perhaps GEORGIE GIRL. I think my head was in London then.

Al Tucher said...

Patti, dont kid yourself, London in the sixties was a literal hell-on-earth, Los Angeles and New York were a hundred times better.