34th Academy Awards

The 34th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1961, were held on April 9, 1962, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. They were hosted by Bob Hope; this was the 13th time Hope hosted the Oscars.

34th Academy Awards
DateApril 9, 1962
SiteSanta Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California
Hosted byBob Hope
Produced byArthur Freed
Directed byRichard Dunlap
Best PictureWest Side Story
Most awardsWest Side Story (10)
Most nominationsJudgment at Nuremberg and West Side Story (11)
TV in the United States
Duration2 hours, 10 minutes

Legendary filmmaker Federico Fellini received his first Best Director nomination for his film La Dolce Vita, though the movie itself failed to garner a nomination for Best Picture.

Sophia Loren became the first thespian to win an acting Oscar for a non-English-speaking role as well as only the seventh person ever to win the Best Actress for a film with singular nomination, a feat that wouldn't occur again until 1989, when Jodie Foster won Best Actress for her performance in The Accused.


Robert Wise, Best Picture winner and Best Director co-winner
Jerome Robbins, Best Director co-winner
Maximilian Schell, Best Actor winner
Sophia Loren, Best Actress winner
George Chakiris, Best Supporting Actor winner
Rita Moreno, Best Supporting Actress winner
William Inge, Best Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen winner
Henry Mancini, Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture winner and Best Song co-winner
Johnny Mercer, Best Song co-winner
Boris Leven, Best Art Direction, Color co-winner

Nominations are announced on February 26, 1962. Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface[1]

Best Motion Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Best Foreign Language Film Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short Subject Best Live Action Short Subject
Best Short Subject - Cartoons Best Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture
Best Scoring of a Musical Picture Best Song
Best Sound 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 Special Effects

Academy Honorary AwardsEdit

  • William L. Hendricks "for his outstanding patriotic service in the conception, writing and production of the Marine Corps film, A Force in Readiness, which has brought honor to the Academy and the motion picture industry."
  • Fred L. Metzler "for his dedication and outstanding service to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences."
  • Jerome Robbins "for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film."

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial AwardEdit

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian AwardEdit

News and recapEdit

The most memorable event of the night was when Stan Berman, a New York City cabdriver, awarded Bob Hope a homemade Oscar after he had slipped through security and made his way to the stage. Both Jackie Gleason (in The Hustler) and Judy Garland (in Judgment At Nuremberg) were heavily favored to win the awards for best supporting actor and actress. However, they were defeated by George Chakiris and Rita Moreno as part of the West Side Story sweep. The musical film wound up winning a total of ten Academy Awards including Best Picture. For the first time, two directors shared the award in the Directing category (Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins for West Side Story); a record that would not be replicated until 2007, when Joel and Ethan Coen won for No Country For Old Men.

Presenters and performersEdit



Multiple nominations and awardsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The 34th Academy Awards (1962) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.

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