Oscar History: Academy Award Winning Movies and Actors of 1961
A look at Oscar winners and nominees, behind the scenes on the decisions for best picture, actor, etc for 1961, West Side Story gets top honors.
NOMINEES: Fanny, The Guns of Navarone, The Hustler, Judgment at Nuremberg, West Side Story
THE WINNER: West Side Story (Mirisch--United Artists)
DIRECTORS: Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins
PLAYERS: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris
NOMINEES: Charles Boyer (Fanny); Paul Newman (The Hustler); Maximilian Schell (Judgment at Nuremberg); Spencer Tracy (Judgment at Nuremberg); Stuart Whitman (The Mark)
THE WINNER: Maximilian Schell
NOMINEES: Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany's); Piper Laurie (The Hustler); Sophia Loren (Two Women); Geraldine Page (Summer and Smoke); Natalie Wood (Splendor in the Grass)
THE WINNER: Sophia Loren
Behind the Oscar
Lots of 1sts this year. The 1st time that a regular Oscar was given to an actress in a foreign-language picture (Sophia Loren for Two Women), the 1st double Oscar (2 directors for West Side Story--Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise), and George C. Scott became the 1st actor to decline an award in advance. After his nomination for best supporting actor in The Hustler, Scott asked that his name be removed from the polling. It wasn't, and he didn't win, but the future would tell a different tale.
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