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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Academy Awards Flashback #9: 1967



Today we revisit the 39th Academy Awards, which were presented on Monday, April 10, 1967, on ABC (click here for previous Flashbacks).

The telecast begins with the red carpet arrivals of Jimmy Stewart, Glenn Ford, Patricia Neal, Rock Hudson, Ginger Rogers, Robert Mitchum, Dick Van Dyke, Anouk Aimée and Raquel Welch. The orchestra conducted by Johnny Green then performs an overture as audience members are featured, including Joan Blondell, Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave, California's governor Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy, Alan Arkin, Steve McQueen and Walter Matthau.

Academy President Arthur Freed welcomes everyone and introduces host Bob Hope, who jokes about the broadcast almost being canceled because of a strike by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (the dispute was settled three hours before the ceremony was scheduled to begin). Raquel Welch and Dean Jones then present the Oscar for Best Sound to the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio Sound Department (which is accepted by Franklin E. Milton, Sound Director) for Grand Prix.



Shelley Winters (who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar of 1965) presents the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor to an injured Walter Matthau (who fell off his bicycle) for his performance in The Fortune Cookie.



Ann-Margret and Omar Sharif present two Oscars - Best Black and White Cinematography to Haskell Wexler for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Best Color Cinematography to Ted Moore for A Man for All Seasons (which is accepted by Hal Mohr).



Irene Dunne (whose last film was in 1952) presents the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to George Bagnall.



Olivia de Havilland presents two Oscars - Best Cartoon Short Subject to John Hubley and Faith Hubley for A Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass Double Feature and Best Live Action Short Subject to Edgar Anstey for Wild Wings (which is accepted by Michael Goldman). Actress Miriam Hopkins is featured in the audience during these award presentations.



Dionne Warwick performs Burt Bacharach and Hal David's Oscar-nominated song "Alfie" from Alfie (which reached #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1967).



Diahann Carroll presents the Oscar for Best Sound Effects to Gordon Daniel for Grand Prix.



Barbara Rush and Richard Harris presents two Oscars - Best Documentary Feature to Peter Watkins for The War Game (which is accepted by Jerry Purcell) and Best Documentary Short Subject to Edmond A. Levy for A Year Toward Tomorrow.



Fred MacMurray presents the Oscar for Best Special Visual Effects to Art Cruickshank for Fantastic Voyage.



Mitzi Gaynor performs the Oscar-nominated song "Georgy Girl" from Georgy Girl.



Robert Mitchum and Candice Bergen present two Oscars - Best Black and White Costume Design to Irene Sharaff for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (which is accepted by Anita Louise), and Best Color Costume Design to Elizabeth Haffenden and Joan Bridge for A Man for All Seasons (which is accepted by Helen Rose).



Sidney Poitier presents the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress to Sandy Dennis for her performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and director Mike Nichols accepts the award on her behalf (Dennis was busy filming Sweet November in New York City).



Jack Valenti (the president of the Motion Picture Association of America) presents an Honorary Award to film executive Y. Frank Freeman for his outstanding service to the Academy during his 30 years in Hollywood.



Lee Remick and Jimmy Stewart present the Oscar for Best Film Editing to Fredric Steinkamp, Henry Berman, Stewart Linder and Frank Santillo for Grand Prix.



Charlton Heston presents an Honorary Award to Yakima Canutt for achievements as a stunt man and for developing safety devices to protect stunt men everywhere.



Making her first Hollywood appearance since a near-fatal stroke in 1965, actress Patricia Neal receives a standing ovation. She then.presents the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film to French director Claude Lelouch for his film, A Man and a Woman.



Vanessa Redgrave and Rock Hudson present two Oscars - Best Black and White Art Direction to Richard Sylbert and George James Hopkins for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Best Color Art Direction to Jack Martin Smith, Dale Hennesy, Walter M. Scott and Stuart A. Reiss for Fantastic Voyage. Actress Beulah Bondi is featured in the audience after these award presentations.



Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers present two Oscars - Best Adapted Screenplay to Robert Bolt for A Man for All Seasons and Best Original Screenplay to Claude Lelouch and Pierre Uytterhoeven for A Man and a Woman.



Arthur Freed presents the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to film producer Robert Wise (West Side Story, The Sound of Music).



Pianist Roger Williams and the performing group, The Young Americans (featuring Vicki Lawrence), perform the Oscar-nominated song "Born Free" from Born Free (there are no videos online of the performances of the other two nominated songs - John Davidson's "A Time for Love" from An American Dream and Jackie DeShannon's "My Wishing Doll" from Hawaii)



Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke present two Oscars - Best Original Score to John Barry for Born Free (which is accepted by Paul B. Radin) and Best Scoring of Music to Ken Thorne for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (which is accepted by Don Black). A smoking Dean Martin then presents the Oscar for Best Original Song to John Barry and Don Black for "Born Free".



Lee Marvin (who won the Best Actor Oscar of 1965) presents the Oscar for Best Actress to Elizabeth Taylor for her performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, and Anne Bancroft accepts the award on her behalf (Taylor and then-husband Richard Burton - who had received his fifth Oscar nomination for Best Actor - decided to stay in Paris because she was upset that he was probably going to lose again - and he did. However, she attributed her absence to Burton's fear of flying).

Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave were the second pair of sisters to be nominated for Best Actress (Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine both received nominations in 1941).



Rosalind Russell presents the Oscar for Best Director to Fred Zinnemann for A Man for All Seasons. Julie Christie (who won the Best Actress Oscar of 1965) then presents the Oscar for Best Actor to Paul Scofield for A Man for All Seasons (his co-star Wendy Hiller accepts the award on his behalf). And Audrey Hepburn presents the final Oscar for Best Picture to producer Fred Zinnemann for A Man for All Seasons.

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