38th Annual Academy Awards Results and Commentary (1966)

  • Date of Ceremony: Monday, April 18, 1966
  • For films released in: 1965
  • Host(s): Bob Hope (video)
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Bob Hope hosted the first color broadcast of the Oscars as the 38th Annual Academy Awards took place on Monday, April 18th, 1966.

One of the evening’s highlights featured dancers Cyd Charisse and James Mitchell performing to the music of George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein.

The Sound of Music and Doctor Zhivago both entered the night with ten nominations and both left with five Oscars, with The Sound of Music taking home Best Picture and Best Director for Robert Wise.

Julie Christie took home Best Actress for Darling, while Lee Marvin’s performance in Cat Ballou — playing two characters in the Western spoof — earned him Best Actor. Upon accepting his award, Marvin said, “I think half of this belongs to a horse somewhere out in the valley.”


Best Picture

  • The Sound of Music
    Robert Wise [Producer]

Best Directing

  • The Sound of Music
    Robert Wise

Best Actor

  • Cat Ballou
    Lee Marvin

Best Actress

  • Darling
    Julie Christie

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

  • A Thousand Clowns
    Martin Balsam

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

  • A Patch of Blue
    Shelley Winters

Best Foreign Language Film

  • The Shop on Main Street

Best Art Direction (Black-and-White)

  • Ship of Fools
    Robert Clatworthy [Art Direction] and Joseph Kish [Set Decoration]

Best Art Direction (Color)

  • Doctor Zhivago
    John Box [Art Direction], Terry Marsh [Art Direction] and Dario Simoni [Set Decoration]

Best Cinematography (Black-and-White)

  • Ship of Fools
    Ernest Laszlo

Best Cinematography (Color)

  • Doctor Zhivago
    Freddie Young

Best Costume Design (Black-and-White)

  • Darling
    Julie Harris

Best Costume Design (Color)

  • Doctor Zhivago
    Phyllis Dalton

Best Documentary (Feature)

  • The Eleanor Roosevelt Story
    Sidney Glazier

Best Documentary (Short Subject)

  • To Be Alive!
    Francis Thompson

Best Film Editing

  • The Sound of Music
    William Reynolds

Best Music (Scoring of Music - adaptation or treatment)

  • The Sound of Music
    Irwin Kostal

Best Music (Score - substantially original)

  • Doctor Zhivago
    Maurice Jarre

Best Music (Song)

  • The Sandpiper "The Shadow of Your Smile"
    Johnny Mandel [Music by] and Paul Francis Webster [Lyrics by]

Best Short Subject (Cartoon)

  • The Dot and the Line
    Chuck Jones and Les Goldman

Best Short Subject (Live Action)

  • The Chicken (Le Poulet)
    Claude Berri

Best Sound

  • The Sound of Music
    20th Century-Fox Studio Sound Department, James P. Corcoran [Sound Director], Todd-AO Sound Department and Fred Hynes [Sound Director]

Best Sound Effects

  • The Great Race
    Tregoweth Brown

Best Special Visual Effects

  • Thunderball
    John Stears

Best Writing (Screenplay - based on material from another medium)

  • Doctor Zhivago
    Robert Bolt

Best Writing (Story and Screenplay - written directly for the screen)

  • Darling
    Frederic Raphael

Honorary Award

  • Bob Hope
    Note: …for unique and distinguished service to our industry and the Academy.

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

  • William Wyler

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

  • Edmond L. DePatie

Scientific or Technical Award (Class II)

  • Arthur J. Hatch [of the Strong Electric Corporation subsidiary of General Precision Equipment Corporation]
    Note: …for the design and development of an Air Blown Carbon Arc Projection Lamp.
  • Stefan Kudelski
    Note: …for the design and development of the Nagra portable 1/4 inch tape recording system for motion picture sound recording.
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