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

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

Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins became the first Best Director co-winners for West Side Story. The film won 10 of its 11 nominations, including Best Picture and both supporting acting Oscars, becoming the most successful musical in Oscars history.

Legendary filmmaker Federico Fellini received his first Best Director nomination for La Dolce Vita, while fellow Italian Sophia Loren became the second performer to win an Oscar for a non-English-language role, after Jane Wyman's American Sign Language performance in Johnny Belinda (1948).

The most memorable event of the night came when Stan Berman, a New York City cabdriver famous for crashing celebrity parties, evaded security and made his way onstage to award Hope a homemade Oscar.[1]


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.[2]

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 Awards

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Presenters and performers

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Multiple nominations and awards

See also


  1. ^ "How "the World's Greatest Gate-Crasher" Made It to the Oscar Stage 60 Years Ago". Vanity Fair. March 23, 2022.
  2. ^ "The 34th Academy Awards (1962) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2015.