Oscar History: Academy Award Winning Movies and Actors of 1962

A look at Oscar winners and nominees, behind the scenes on the decisions for best picture, actor, etc for 1962, Lawrence of Arabia gets top honors.

1962

Best Picture

NOMINEES: Lawrence of Arabia, The Longest Day, The Music Man, Mutiny on the Bounty, To Kill a Mockingbird

THE WINNER: Lawrence of Arabia (Horizon-Columbia)

DIRECTOR: David Lean

PLAYERS: Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Jose Ferrer, Peter O'Toole

Best Actor

NOMINEES: Burt Lancaster (Bird Man of Alcatraz); Jack Lemmon (Days of Wine and Roses); Marcello Mastrioianni (Divorce--Italian Style); Peter O'Toole (Lawrence of Arabia); Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mocking-bird)

THE WINNER: Gregory Peck

Best Actress

NOMINEES: Anne Bancroft (The Miracle Worker); Bette Davis (Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?); Katharine Hepburn (Long Day's Journey into Night); Geraldine Page (Sweet Bird of Youth); Lee Remick (Days of Wine and Roses)

THE WINNER: Anne Bancroft

Behind the Oscar

Smart money was on Omar Sharif and Angela Lansbury this year in the supporting categories, but both of them lost. Anne Bancroft's win wasn't that surprising considering her tour de force in The Miracle Worker, but there was speculation over Joan Crawford's radiant smile while accepting for Miss Bancroft. People wondered whether Joan was obviously relieved that Bette Davis, a nominee and Joan's costar in What Happened to Baby Jane?, lost. The relationship between these 2 powerful ladies was said to be a bit strained.

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