|34th Academy Awards|
|Date||April 9, 1962|
|Site||Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California|
|Hosted by||Bob Hope|
|Produced by||Arthur Freed|
|Directed by||Richard Dunlap|
|Best Picture||West Side Story|
|Most awards||West Side Story (10)|
|Most nominations||Judgment at Nuremberg and West Side Story (11)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||2 hours, 10 minutes|
The 34th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1961, were held on April 9, 1962, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. They were hosted by Bob Hope; this was the 13th time Hope hosted the Oscars.
Sophia Loren became the first thespian to win an acting Oscar for a non-English-speaking role as well as only the seventh person ever to win the Best Actress for a film with singular nomination, a feat that wouldn't occur again until 1989, when Jodie Foster won Best Actress for her performance in The Accused.
Nominations are announced on February 26, 1962. Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface
Academy Honorary Awards
- William L. Hendricks "for his outstanding patriotic service in the conception, writing and production of the Marine Corps film, A Force in Readiness, which has brought honor to the Academy and the motion picture industry."
- Fred L. Metzler "for his dedication and outstanding service to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."
- Jerome Robbins "for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film."
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
News and recap
The most memorable event of the night was when Stan Berman, a New York City cabdriver, awarded Bob Hope a homemade Oscar after he had slipped through security and made his way to the stage. Both Jackie Gleason (in "The Hustler") and Judy Garland (in "Judgment At Nuremberg") were heavily favored to win the awards for best supporting actor and actress. However, they were defeated by George Chakiris and Rita Moreno as part of the "West Side Story" sweep. The musical film wound up winning a total of ten Academy Awards including Best Picture. For the first time, two directors shared the award in the Directing category (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins for "West Side Story"); a record that would not be replicated until 2007, when Joel and Ethan Coen won for No Country For Old Men.
Presenters and performers
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- Eddie Albert and Dina Merrill (Presenters: Costume Design Awards)
- Fred Astaire (Presenter: Best Picture)
- Carroll Baker and Richard Chamberlain (Presenters: Art Direction Awards)
- Charles Brackett (Presenter: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to George Seaton)
- Macdonald Carey and Shirley Knight (Presenters: Best Special Effects)
- George Chakiris and Carolyn Jones (Presenters: Documentary Awards)
- Cyd Charisse and Tony Martin (Presenters: Music Awards)
- Wendell Corey (Presenter: Honorary Award to Fred L. Metzler)
- Joan Crawford (Presenter: Best Actor)
- Vince Edwards and Shelley Winters (Presenters: Cinematography Awards)
- Anthony Franciosa and Joanne Woodward (Presenters: Best Sound Recording)
- Arthur Freed (Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Stanley Kramer)
- George Hamilton and Glynis Johns (Presenters: Short Subjects Awards)
- Rock Hudson (Presenter: Best Supporting Actress)
- Eric Johnston (Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film)
- Shirley Jones (Presenter: Best Supporting Actor)
- Gene Kelly (Presenter: Honorary Award to Jerome Robbins)
- Burt Lancaster (Presenter: Best Actress)
- Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick (Presenters: Writing Awards)
- Debbie Reynolds (Presenter: Best Original Song)
- Rosalind Russell (Presenter: Best Director)
- Ann-Margret ("Bachelor in Paradise" from Bachelor in Paradise)
- Gogi Grant ("Pocketful of Miracles" from Pocketful of Miracles)
- Johnny Mathis ("Love Theme from El Cid (The Falcon and the Dove)" from El Cid)
- Gene Pitney ("Town Without Pity" from Town Without Pity)
- Andy Williams ("Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's)
Multiple nominations and awards
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
- 19th Golden Globe Awards
- 1961 in film
- 4th Grammy Awards
- 13th Primetime Emmy Awards
- 14th Primetime Emmy Awards
- 15th British Academy Film Awards
- 16th Tony Awards
- "The 34th Academy Awards (1962) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.