Oscar History: Academy Award Winning Movies and Actors of 1964

A look at Oscar winners and nominees, behind the scenes on the decisions for best picture, actor, etc for 1964, My Fair Lady gets top honors.

1964

Best Picture

NOMINEES: Becket, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, Zorba the Greek

THE WINNER: My Fair Lady (Warner Bros.)

DIRECTOR: George Cukor

PLAYERS: Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison

Best Actor

NOMINEES: Richard Burton (Becket); Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady); Peter O'Toole (Becket); Anthony Quinn (Zorba the Greek); Peter Sellers (Dr. Strangelove. . .)

THE WINNER: Rex Harrison

Best Actress

NOMINEES: Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins); Anne Bancroft (The Pumpkin Eater); Sophia Loren (Marriage Italian Style); Debbie Reynolds (The Unsinkable Molly Brown); Kim Stanley (Seance on a Wet Afternoon)

THE WINNER: Julie Andrews

Behind the Oscar

Jack Warner felt Julie Andrews lacked star quality, so he gave the role of Eliza to Audrey Hepburn. The community divided into 2 camps, pro and con, for and against the 2 ladies. There was even talk of a write-in campaign for Audrey when she was not nominated for an award. However, Hepburn showed up for the ceremony, and the camera work that night obviously played up the tension generated between the 2 ladies. Julie Andrews won her Oscar, but Hepburn's My Fair Lady made out awfully well, too.

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