Best Special Effects: 1962

Actual Nominations: The Longest Day. Mutiny On The Bounty.

Only two films were nominated this year, with Robert MacDonand and Jacques Maumont winning for The Longest Day, a film where realism was key. Mutiny has plenty of sea-faring escapades, but the sheer scope and variety of effects earns The Longest Day my vote.

My Winner: The Longest Day

My Nominations: The Longest Day. Mutiny On The Bounty. The Day Of The Triffids. Dr.No. King Kong Vs Godzilla. Brothers Grimm.

I copy over the 2 actual nominees and had a host of other films which missed out. Dr No gets an obvious vote due to a myriad of well-executed traditional effects, while my remaining three choices are a little more outlandish in their efforts. King Kong Vs Godzilla is one of the most successful in the Godzilla series, thanks largely to some stunning set pieces which are still highly regarded today (the Octopus attack in particular). The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm is a marvel for effects and make-up fans. The Day Of The Triffids may look dated now but somehow the effects still work well enough to make the film’s scares effective.

My Winner: King Kong Vs Godzilla

Best Make Up: 1962

My Nominations: Lawrence Of Arabia. The Amphibian Man. The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm. Dr No. To Kill A Mockingbird. Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?

Once again, there was no award for Make-Up this year, so it’s time to right that wrong by praising some of the great work done by the artists in 1962. Charles E Parker and A.G.Scott dealt with a huge cast on Lawrence Of Arabia and ensured as much authenticity as Hollywood would allow. Parker was known for make-up on some of the biggest movies ever made – Ben Hur, 2001, Star Wars etc, while Scott was a stylist on many big films from the 40s to the 70s. The Amphibian Man is a movie no-one remembers, and I have no idea who did the make-up, but it’s pretty cool. If any film deserved to be the first official winner for this project, it’s The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm. William Tuttle does his stuff again, having previously done make-up for every film ever made. Sydney Guilaroff spiced up the hair and has a mere 416 credits to his name from the 30s to 1989. Dr No has some good work too, thanks to John O’Gorman and Eileen Warwick.  Bud Westmore, Frank Prehoda, Larry Germain, and Lavaughn Speer do the make-up on Mockingbird while Baby Jane had Jack Obringer and a host of others adding to the crumbling veneer.

My Winner: The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm.

Best Costume Design- 1962

Official Nominations: BW:   What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? – Norma Koch.   Days of Wine and Roses – Don Feld.   The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – Edith Head.   The Miracle Worker – Ruth Morley.  Phaedra – Denny Vachlioti

Colour:   The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm – Mary Wills.   My Geisha – Edith HeadThe Music Man – Dorothy JeakinsGypsy – Orry-KellyBon Voyage! – Bill Thomas

My Winner: Again I agree with the choices of winners this year- Baby Jane and Brothers Grimm. A rare winless year for Edith Head, Norma Koch’s weary, grim costumes for Baby Jane add to the unsettling tone, while Mary Wills gives abundant flare to the onscreen antics of Brothers Grimm.

My Nominations:  The 300 Spartans. Dr. No. Lawrence Of Arabia. Lolita. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Mutiny On The Bounty. Baby Jane. Brothers Grimm.

My Winner: My winner this year goes to The 300 Spartans thanks to epic scale and wonderfully detailed costumes on both warring sides. Ginette Devaud did not have a huge career but deserves the win here.

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Best Cinematography- 1962

Actual Nominations: BW:  The Longest Day – Jean Bourgoin and Walter Wottit. Birdman of Alcatraz – Burnett Guffey. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? – Ernest Hall. To Kill a Mockingbird – Russell Harlan. Two for the Seesaw – Ted McCord

Colour: Lawrence of Arabia – Freddie YoungHatari! – Russell HarlanGypsy – Harry Stradling. Mutiny on the Bounty – Robert L. Surtees. The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm – Paul C. Vogel.

The actual winners this year are The Longest Day and I and I agree with both!

My Nominations: The 300 Spartans. Cape Fear. Dr.No. Lawrence Of Arabia. The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner. The Longest Day. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Mutiny On The Bounty. Sanjuro.

Lots of wonderful looking films this year with epic visions taking the fore. Leading the pack though is Lawrence Of Arabia which gets my vote.

My Winner: Lawrence Of Arabia

Best Art Direction- 1962

Actual Nominations: Once again we have separate awards for colour and black and white, but I’ll stick them together for my own awards

BW: To Kill a Mockingbird – Art Direction: Alexander Golitzen and Henry Bumstead; Set Decoration: Oliver Emert.       Period of Adjustment – Art Direction: George Davis and Edward Carfagno; Set Decoration: Henry Grace and Dick Pefferle.    The Longest Day – Art Direction: Ted Haworth, Leon Barsacq and Vincent Korda; Set Decoration: Gabriel Bechir.    The Pigeon That Took Rome – Art Direction: Hal Pereira and Roland Anderson; Set Decoration: Sam Comer and Frank R. McKelvy.       Days of Wine and Roses – Art Direction: Joseph C. Wright; Set Decoration: George James Hopkins

Actual Winner: To Kill A Mockingbird

My Winner:  The Longest Day.

Colour: Lawrence of Arabia – Art Direction: John Box and John Stoll; Set Decoration: Dario Simoni.            The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm – Art Direction: George Davis and Edward Carfagno; Set Decoration: Henry Grace and Dick Pefferle.               That Touch of Mink – Art Direction: Alexander Golitzen and Robert Clatworthy; Set Decoration: George Milo.       The Music Man – Art Direction: Paul Groesse; Set Decoration: George James Hopkins.         Mutiny on the Bounty – Art Direction and Set Decoration: Hugh Hunt

Actual Winner: Lawrence Of Arabia

My Winner:  The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm

My Nominations: Dr. No. Lawrence Of Arabia. Brothers Grimm. The Longest Day. Mutiny On The Bouny.

Bond films are known for their elaborate sets as well as luxurious locations and costumes which bring the world of high class espionage as globe trotting evil to life. Syd Cain, Freda Pearson, and of course, Ken Adam are largely responsible for the look of Bond films to come, setting the tone in the original and they deserve much credit.

My Winner: Dr. No.

Best Director- 1962

Actual Nominatons:  David Lean. Pietro Germi. Robert Mulligan. Arthur Penn. Frank Perry.

Although it was close between Lean and Germi, there can really only be one winner from these nominations- Lean’s singular vision and epic may never be a favourite of mine, but the man knew how to direct with a wider scope than many others would dare. Lean was the official winner and gets my nod too. Divorce, Italian Style is impressive but was a one off and didn’t exactly have a massive impression on filmmakers to come. Mulligan gives a fairly straight interpretation of Mockingbird and it could have just as easily been any other director of the time. Perry’s first film shows a promising new talent while Penn’s second film shows his command of both Stage and film work as he is able to translate faithful from one to the other.

My Winner: David Lean

My Nominations: Terence Young, John Ford, John Frankenheimer, J. Lee Thompson, David Lean, Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles, Robert Aldrich.

My nominations are a much more sparklng and worthy bunch with John Frankenheimer appearing for 2 films, and Terence Young bringing Bond to life in vicious, suave fashion. Kubrick and Welles pop up too with strong work, but not strong enough to get my vote. Thompson comes close to a win with Cape Fear, Aldrich’s Baby Jane is not too far behind, while Hathaway and Marshall each provided segments to How The West Was Won. But Frankenheimer gets my win thanks to Birdman and Manchurian Candidate, two very different films with opposing styles.

My Winner: John Frankenheimer

Best Supporting Actress- 1962

Official Nominations: Birdman of AlcatrazThelma Ritter. The Manchurian CandidateAngela Lansbury. The Miracle WorkerPatty Duke. Sweet Bird of YouthShirley Knight. To Kill a MockingbirdMay Badham

This was a strong year all round for actors and actresses with Patty Duke picking up the win making her the youngest winner up till that point. She was used to the role of Helen Keller on stage so that it wasn’t much of a leap when the play was translated onto screen. As much as I adore Thelma Ritter, I think from the actual awards I’ll give the win to Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate, well deserved especially as it is such an opposing performance to what we’re used to from her. Also nominated was Mary Badham as Scout where she holds her own against Peck and became the youngest ever nominee in this category. Shirley Knight gets another nomination for Sweet Bird Of Youth for a performance which stood out even when surrounded by a large cast.

My Winner: Angela Lansbury

My Nominations: Thelma Ritter. Angela Lansbury. Sue Lyon. Joan Crawford.

I’ve made two additions for my choices- Sue Lyon for her shocking portrayal of Lolita and Joan Crawford for Whatever Happenned To Baby Jane – a film where she is largely overshadowed by Davis. This time my winner is Ritter for another sterling show, proving yet again that she was one of the greats.

My Winner: Thelma Ritter


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Best Supporting Actor- 1962

Official Nominations: Ed Begley – Sweet Bird of Youth,  Victor Buono – What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?,  Telly Savalas – Birdman of Alcatraz,  Omar Sharif – Lawrence of Arabia, Terence StampBilly Budd

A strange one this year, with Ed Begley edging the official win ahead of some more likely winners. My winner is Telly Savalas for a role he isn’t really remembered for but should be sought out. Everyone recalls Omar Sharif, who seemed like the most likely winner, while newcomer Terence Stamp is electrifying in his debut, and Victor Buono gets an odd nomination for a small part in Baby Jane.

My Winner: Telly Savalas

My Nominations: Robert Mitchum. Telly Savalas. Peter Sellers. Anthony Perkins.

My choices this year are mostly different, with only Telly Savalas surviving. Robert Mitchum gets my win for his wicked performance in Cape Fear as one of Cinema’s great villians, a role which was only recognised later. Peter Sellers gives Lolita another nomination in a role unlike most of his more famous ones while Anthony Perkins is superb in The Trial next to Orson Welles. Perkins should really be in the Best Actor category but I put him here to make the nominations a bit more even.

My Winner: Robert Mitchum

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Best Actress- 1962


Official Nominations: Anne BancroftThe Miracle Worker. Bette Davis – What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?.  Katharine Hepburn – Long Day’s Journey into Night. Geraldine Page – Sweet Bird of Youth.  Lee Remick – Days of Wine and Roses

The brilliant Anne Bancroft picked up the actual win this year but it is Bette Davis’ performance which most people now will be familiar with. Hepburn and Page give great performances too but my winner from this group is Lee Remick as the crumbling alcoholic in an all too real portrayal.

My Winner: Lee Remmick

My Nominations: Bette Davis. Lee Remick. Anne Bancroft.

I can’t do any better than The Academy this year, so my win again goes to Remmick.

My Winner: Lee Remick

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Best Actor – 1962


Actual Nominations: Gregory PeckTo Kill a Mockingbird as Atticus Finch Burt LancasterBirdman of Alcatraz as Robert Stroud Jack LemmonDays of Wine and Roses as Joe Clay Marcello MastroianniDivorce, Italian Style as Ferdinando Cefalù Peter O’TooleLawrence of Arabia as T. E. Lawrence

This was a big year for leading male performances with at least two of the nominations remaining iconic to this day. Peter O’Toole commands the screen with his misty eyed Lawrence in a role which has seen him on British TV screens every Christmas, while Gregory Peck gives his career defining performance as judge, father, and all round good man Atticus Finch- a role which has ensured that he will haunt English Classrooms for years to come. Peck won the award this year and gets my vote too. Other A-listers missing out this year included a fiery drunk Lemmon (two Ms) , and a harmonious Burt Lancaster. Propping up the list is Marcello Mastroianni is the hit Italian comedy as an unhinged husband.

My Winner: Gregory Peck.

My Nominations: Gregory Peck. Burt Lancaster. Jack Lemmon. James Mason. Marlon Brando.

There isn’t too much difference in my choices except that I have added Brando for Mutiny On The Bounty and James Mason for Lolita.

My Winner: Marlon Brando