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The 36th Academy Awards (1964)

Held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Monday, April 13, 1964,
honoring movies released in 1963.

Best Actor Sidney Poitier ("Lilies of the Field") with Anne Bancroft.

Best Actor Sidney Poitier ("Lilies of the Field") accepts his Oscar from Anne Bancroft.

Best Picture

Tom Jones Poster Full Image

"Tom Jones"

Woodfall Production; United Artists-Lopert Pictures. [United Kingdom]

Best Cinematography

James Wong Howe, Jimmy Stewart and Leon Shamroy Full Image

James Wong Howe and Leon Shamroy

Black-and-White Cinematography winner James Wong Howe ("Hud") and Color Cinematography winner Leon Shamroy ("Cleopatra") with presenter Jimmy Stewart.

Best Foreign Language Film

Julie Andrews and Federico Felini Full Image

Federico Fellini's 8 1/2

Presenter Julie Andrews with Federico Fellini, who directed and co-wrote the Foreign Language Film award winner ("Federico Felini's 8 1/2").

The Year

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Sidney Poitier accepts his Best Actor Oscar, presented by Anne Bancroft.
  • Best Picture: "Tom Jones"
    • "Tom Jones" also won Academy Awards for Directing (Tony Richardson), Music – Music Score, substantially original (John Addison), and Writing – Screenplay based on material from another medium (John Osborne).
  • Sidney Poitier was the first African American to win Best Actor, for "Lilies of the Field." Among the four acting category winners that year, he was the only one present at the ceremony.
  • Jack Lemmon was the master of ceremonies. (View Image)
  • In January 1963, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was exhibited in America for the first time at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
  • In February 1963, President Kennedy proclaimed a total embargo on all trade with Cuba and also prohibited all travel by U.S. citizens to Cuba.
  • In February 1963, Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique was published.
  • In March 1963, Iron Man debuted in Marvel Comics' Tales of Suspense.
  • In March 1963, the Beatles released their first album, "Please Please Me," in the U.K.
  • In May 1963, "Dr. No" was released in the U.S.
  • In May 1963, Bob Dylan released his second album, "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan."
  • In June 1963, Pope Paul VI succeeded Pope John XXIII as the 262nd pope.
  • On June 26, 1963, John F. Kennedy delivered his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in West Berlin.
  • In July 1963, zip codes went into full effect nationwide for United States mail.
  • In July 1963, "Introducing the Beatles" was released in the U.S., marking the first album released in America by the British band.
  • On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
  • In September 1963, Marvel Comics released the first X-Men comic book.
  • In September 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame opened in Canton, Ohio.
  • On October 2, 1963, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax set a World Series record by striking out 15 batters. The Dodgers won the game, 5-2, the first of a four-game sweep of the series.
  • On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as president.

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

To Sam Spiegel

See all Nominees and Winners