The 1963 Academy Awards are remembered mostly for two events- it was the year that Sidney Poitier became the first black person to win a major Oscar, and it was the year of Cleopatra– the most expensive movie ever made. Aside from those events, it was an odd year- Jack Lemmon was hosting, Patricia Neal won the Best Actress award for a bit part, Margaret Rutherford became the oldest winner to date, and Tom Jones became the only film to have three supporting actress nominations. Presenters included Julie Andrews, Sidney Poitier, and Eddie G Robinson while an Honorary Award went to multi award winning Producer Sam Spiegel. Performances included two hits from Andy Williams, and Katyna Ranieri singing ‘More’ from Monde Cane.
The next series of posts will see me offering my choices of winners from the actual nominations and then selecting my own nominations and winners thanks to the time travelling, awe-inspiring power of The Spac-Hole. Will Tom Jones and Cleopatra come out on top again, or will there be some newbies stealing their crowns? Stay tuned to find out!