Oscar History: Academy Award Winning Movies and Actors of 1967

A look at Oscar winners and nominees, behind the scenes on the decisions for best picture, actor, etc for 1967, In the Heat of the Night gets top honors.

1967

Best Picture

NOMINEES: Bonnie and Clyde, Doctor Do-little, The Graduate, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, In the Heat of the Night

THE WINNER: In the Heat of the Night (Mirisch-United Artists)

DIRECTOR: Norman Jewison

PLAYERS: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger

Best Actor

NOMINEES: Warren Beatty (Bonnie and Clyde); Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate); Paul Newman (Cool Hand Luke); Rod Steiger (In the Heat of the Night); Spencer Tracy (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner)

THE WINNER: Rod Steiger

Best Actress

NOMINEES: Anne Bancroft (The Graduate); Faye Dunaway (Bonnie and Clyde); Dame Edith Evans (The Whisperers); Audrey Hepburn (Wait until Dark); Katharine Hepburn (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner)

THE WINNER: Katharine Hepburn

Behind the Oscar

The Academy celebrated its 40th birthday, but the occasion was a subdued one, because of the assassination of Martin Luther King a short time before the presentations. Academy President Gregory Peck accomplished what others before him had failed to do. He saw to it that 18 of the 20 acting nominees were present that night. What people expected was not that Katharine Hepburn would win again, but that Spencer Tracy might win posthumously. Mrs. Tracy was in the audience in the event that he did. But Tracy failed to win.

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