37th Academy Awards

37th Academy Awards
Date April 5, 1965
Site Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California
Hosted by Bob Hope
Produced by Joe Pasternak
Directed by Richard Dunlap
Best Picture My Fair Lady
Most awards My Fair Lady (8)
Most nominations Mary Poppins (13)
TV in the United States
Network ABC

The 37th Academy Awards honored film achievements of 1964. For the first time, an award was presented in the field of makeup. None of the four acting awards went to American actors, something not repeated until the 80th Academy Awards were awarded for 2007.

The Best Picture winner of 1964, director George Cukor's My Fair Lady, was about the transformative training of a rough-speaking flower girl into a lady. The musical had run for many years on the stage (in both NYC and London). Audrey Hepburn, the female lead of the film, was controversially not nominated for Best Actress. The unpopularity of her replacement of Julie Andrews – the stage actress from the original play (and ironically the Best Actress winner of the year) – as well as the revelation that her singing performance was dubbed by Marni Nixon were seen as the main reasons for the snub.

The producer of the ceremony was MGM film producer Joe Pasternak. The master of ceremonies was Bob Hope making it his 14th time hosting the show. The awards show was star-studded with many top celebrities participating, including an appearance by Judy Garland, who sang a medley of Cole Porter songs in tribute to the composer, who died in October 1964.

This year marked the only time in Oscar history where 3 films got 12 or more nominations. Becket and My Fair Lady both with 12 nominations and Mary Poppins with 13. This marked the first year since the inception of the Supporting Actor and Actress categories wherein the acting Oscars were all won by non-American actors. This feat would again later be repeated at the 80th Academy Awards ceremony in 2008.


Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface[1][2]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film Best Original Song
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Best Animated Short
Best Original Score Best Adaptation or Treatment Score
Best Sound Editing Best Sound Mixing
Best Art Direction, Black and White Best Art Direction, Color
Best Cinematography, Black and White Best Cinematography, Color
Best Costume Design, Black and White Best Costume Design, Color
Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects

Academy Honorary Award

Presenters and performers

The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.


Name Role
Simms, HankHank Simms Announcer for the 37th Academy Awards
Freed, ArthurArthur Freed (AMPAS President) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Cardinale, ClaudiaClaudia Cardinale
Angie Dickinson
Steve McQueen
Presenters of the awards for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing
Delon, AlainAlain Delon Presenter of the award for Best Visual Effects
Lansbury, AngelaAngela Lansbury Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Durante, JimmyJimmy Durante
Martha Raye
Presenters of the awards for Best Documentary Feature and Best Documentary Short
Merle Oberon Presenter of the awards for Best Live Action Short and Best Animated Short
Garson, GreerGreer Garson
Dick Van Dyke
Presenters of the awards for Best Costume Design
Reynolds, DebbieDebbie Reynolds Presenter of the awards for Best Original Score and Best Adaptation or Treatment Score
Franciosa, AnthonyAnthony Franciosa Presenter of the Scientific and Technical Awards
Harrison, RexRex Harrison Presenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Russell, RosalindRosalind Russell Presenter of the Honorary Award to William Tuttle
Malden, KarlKarl Malden Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Chamberlain, RichardRichard Chamberlain
Vince Edwards
Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing
Hudson, RockRock Hudson
Jean Simmons
Presenters of the awards for Best Cinematography
Ashley, ElizabethElizabeth Ashley
Macdonald Carey
Presenters of the awards for Best Art Direction
Kelly, GeneGene Kelly Introducer of the performance of the tribute to Cole Porter
Astaire, FredFred Astaire Presenter of the award for Best Original Song
Kerr, DeborahDeborah Kerr Presenter of the awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay
Hepburn, AudreyAudrey Hepburn Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Poitier, SidneySidney Poitier Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Crawford, JoanJoan Crawford Presenter of the award for Best Director
Peck, GregoryGregory Peck Presenter of the award for Best Picture


Name Role Performed
Green, JohnnyJohnny Green
Roger Edens
Musical arrangers Orchestral
New Christy Minstrels, TheThe New Christy Minstrels Performers "Chim Chim Cher-ee" from Mary Poppins
Williams, AndyAndy Williams Performer "Dear Heart" from Dear Heart
Page, PattiPatti Page Performer "Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte" from Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Wilson, NancyNancy Wilson Performer "My Kind of Town" from Robin and the 7 Hoods
Jones, JackJack Jones Performer "Where Love Has Gone" from Where Love Has Gone
Garland, JudyJudy Garland Performer Cole Porter Medley
Academy Awards Orchestra, Academy Awards Orchestra Performers "That's Entertainment" during the closing credits

Multiple nominations and awards

These films had multiple nominations:

  • 13 nominations: Mary Poppins
  • 12 nominations: Becket and My Fair Lady
  • 7 nominations: Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Zorba the Greek
  • 6 nominations: The Unsinkable Molly Brown
  • 4 nominations: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Night of the Iguana
  • 3 nominations: Father Goose
  • 2 nominations: The Americanization of Emily, Robin and the 7 Hoods, Seven Days in May, What a Way to Go!, A Hard Day's Night

The following films received multiple awards.

See also


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