|34th Academy Awards|
|Date||April 9, 1962|
|Site||Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California|
|Hosted by||Bob Hope|
|Produced by||Arthur Freed|
|Directed by||Richard Dunlap|
|Best Picture||West Side Story|
|Most awards||West Side Story (10)|
|Most nominations||Judgment at Nuremberg and West Side Story (11)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||2 hours, 10 minutes|
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.
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 a single other nomination, a feat that would not occur again until 1989, when Jodie Foster won Best Actress for her performance in The Accused.
Nominations are announced on February 26, 1962. Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface.
|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|
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.
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.