Oscar History: Academy Award Winning Movies and Actors of 1966

A look at Oscar winners and nominees, behind the scenes on the decisions for best picture, actor, etc for 1966, A Man for All Seasons gets top honors.

1966

Best Picture

NOMINEES: Alfie, A Man for All Seasons, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The Sand Pebbles, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

THE WINNER: A Man for All Seasons (Columbia)

DIRECTOR: Fred Zinnemann

PLAYERS: Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles, Susannah York, Paul Scofield

Best Actor

NOMINEES: Alan Arkin (The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming); Richard Burton (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?); Michael Caine (Alfie); Steve McQueen (The Sand Pebbles); Paul Scofield (A Man for All Seasons)

THE WINNER: Paul Scofield

Best Actress

NOMINEES: Anouk Aimee (A Man and a Woman); Ida Kaminska (The Shop on Main Street); Lynn Redgrave (Georgy Girl); Vanessa Redgrave (Morgan!); Elizabeth Taylor (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)

THE WINNER: Elizabeth Taylor

Behind the Oscar

The Academy was now the same age as Jack Benny. Barely 3 hours before the presentations, a strike of television technicians had been settled, so that the show could go on. Again a great number of the major acting winners failed to show. Elizabeth Taylor was informed of her win in London, but she was so angered by the fact that Richard Burton hadn't won that she refused to hold a press conference until 2 weeks later.

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