37th Academy Awards

The 37th Academy Awards honored film achievements of 1964.

For the first time, an award was presented in the field of makeup. All four acting awards went to non-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. Bob Hope served as master of ceremonies. 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.

The 1964 Academy Award Winners

Picture: My Fair Lady
Actor: Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady)
Actress: Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins)
Supporting Actor: Peter Ustinov (Topkapi)
Supporting Actress: Lila Kedrova (Zorba the Greek)
Director: George Cukor (My Fair Lady)
Adapted Screenplay: Edward Anhalt (Beckett)
Original Screenplay: S. H. Barnett, story; Peter Stone and Frank Tarloff, screenplay (Father Goose)
Song: "Chim Chim Cher-ee" (Mary Poppins)
Score: Mary Poppins (Original) / My Fair Lady (Adaptation)
Cinematography: Zorba the Greek (Black and White) / My Fair Lady (Color)
Costume Design: The Night of the Iguana (Black and White) / My Fair Lady (Color)
Art / Set Decoration: Zorba the Greek (Black and White)
Film Editing: Mary Poppins
Foreign Language Film: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Italy)
Sound: My Fair Lady
Sound Effects: Goldfinger
Visual Effects: Mary Poppins
Short Films: The Pink Phink (Cartoons) / Casals Conducts: 1964 (Live Action)
Documentaries: Nine From Litle Rock (Short) / Jacques-Yves Cousteau's World Without Sun (Feature)