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Motion Picture News and Highlights from 1964

In a continuing effort to compete with both television and foreign-made films, American filmmakers became even more frank in their treatment of sex and more daring in costume and dialogue.

Academy Awards

The 1964 Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Santa Monica (California) Civic Auditorium on April 13; it was hosted by Jack Lemmon.

Motion Picture Tom Jones
Foreign Language Motion Picture 8
Actress Patricia Neal (Hud)
Actor Sidney Poitier (Lilies of the Field)
Supporting Actress Margaret Rutherford (The V.I.P.s)
Supporting Actor Melvyn Douglas (Hud)
Director Tony Richardson (Tom Jones)
Story and Screenplay James R. Webb (How the West Was Won)
Song "Call Me Irresponsible" (Papa's Delicate Condition)
Documentary Feature Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel with the World
Documentary Short Chagall
Film Editing Harold F. Kress (How the West Was Won)
Costume Design, Black and White Piero Cherardi (8)
Costume Design, Color Irene Sharoff (Cleopatra)
Short-Subject Cartoon The Critic
Live-Action Short An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge
Cinematography, Black and White James Wong Howe (Hud)
Cinematography, Color Leon Shamroy (Cleopatra)
Screenplay John Osborne (Tom Jones)
Special Effects Cleopatra
Sound How the West Was Won
Sound Effects It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Musical Score John Addison (Tom Jones)
Art Direction, Color Cleopatra
Art Direction, Black and White America America
Scoring of Music Irma La Douce

1964 Highlights

Dollar for dollar, one of the most profitable films of the year was Joseph E. Levine's "spicy" The Carpetbaggers (released April 9), which brought in over $12,000,000 in the domestic market alone.
The Carpetbaggers

The December 16th release of Billy Wilder's satiric Kiss Me, Stupid drew condemnation from the Roman Catholic Legion of Decency, which went on to attack the Motion Picture Association of America's self-regulatory Production Code Administration.
Kiss Me, Stupid

In the war room, government officials wonder what to do next after a mad general ordered a hydrogen bombing mission, in the Stanley Kubrick-directed film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (released January 29).
Dr. Strangelove

In the Year 1964

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