38th Academy Awards
DateApril 18, 1966
SiteSanta Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California
Hosted byBob Hope
Produced byJoe Pasternak
Directed byRichard Dunlap
Best PictureThe Sound of Music
Most awards Doctor Zhivago and The Sound of Music (5)
Most nominationsDoctor Zhivago and The Sound of Music (10)
TV in the United States

The 38th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1965, were held on April 18, 1966, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. They were hosted by Bob Hope, and were the first Oscars to be broadcast live in color.[1] Lynda Bird Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, attended the ceremony, escorted by actor George Hamilton.[1]

The most successful films of the year were The Sound of Music and Doctor Zhivago, each with ten nominations and five wins, with the former winning Best Picture. Both films are in the top 10 inflation-adjusted commercially successful films ever made,[2] and both would go on to appear on the American Film Institute list of the greatest American films of the twentieth century.

The Sound of Music was the first Best Picture winner without a screenwriting nomination since Hamlet, and would be the last until Titanic at the 70th Academy Awards. Othello became the third film (of four to date) to receive four acting nominations without one for Best Picture. William Wyler received the last of his record twelve Best Director nominations for The Collector.

The ceremony was unsuccessful at starting a rivalry between Julie Christie and Julie Andrews, the two British contenders for Best Actress.[1] It also contained what was described as a "moving" film from Patricia Neal, then recovering from a severe, near-fatal, stroke.[1]


Robert Wise, Best Picture and Best Director winner
Lee Marvin, Best Actor winner
Julie Christie, Best Actress winner
Martin Balsam, Best Supporting Actor winner
Shelley Winters, Best Supporting Actress winner

Nominees were announced on February 21, 1966. Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface.[3]

Best 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 Short Subject, Live Action
Best Short Subject, Cartoons Best Music Score - Substantially Original
Best Scoring of Music - Adaptation or Treatment Best Song
Best Sound Effects 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 Visual Effects

Honorary Award

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Multiple nominations and awards

Presenters and performers

The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.


Name Role
Hank Simms Announcer for the 38th Academy Awards
Arthur Freed (AMPAS President) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Patty Duke
George Hamilton
Presenters of the award for Best Sound
Dorothy Malone Presenter of the award for Best Special Visual Effects
Lila Kedrova Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Yvette Mimieux Presenter of the award for Best Sound Effects
Lana Turner
James Garner
Presenters of the Costume Design Awards
Milton Berle
Phyllis Diller
Presenters of the Documentary Awards
Don Knotts
Elke Sommer
Presenters of the Short Subjects Awards
Peter Ustinov Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Jason Robards Presenter of the award for Best Film Editing
Warren Beatty
Debbie Reynolds
Presenters of the awards for Best Art Direction
Angie Dickinson Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Edmond L. DePatie
Richard Johnson
Kim Novak
Presenters of the awards for Best Cinematography
James Coburn
Virna Lisi
Presenters of the Music Awards
Gregory Peck Presenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Natalie Wood Presenter of the award for Best Song
Shirley MacLaine Presenter of the award for Best Director
George Peppard
Joanne Woodward
Presenters of the Writing Awards
Arthur Freed Presenter of the Irving J. Thalberg Memorial Award to William Wyler
Julie Andrews Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Rex Harrison Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Arthur Freed Presenter of the Honorary Gold Medal to Bob Hope
Jack Lemmon Presenter of the award for Best Picture


Name Role Performed
Johnny Green Musical arranger and conductor Orchestral
Academy Awards Chorus Performers “The Academy Awards Song (Mr. Oscar)” during the opening presentation
The Smothers Brothers Performers "The Ballad of Cat Ballou" from Cat Ballou
Michel Legrand
Jane Morgan
Performers "I Will Wait for You" from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Barbara McNair Performer "The Shadow of Your Smile" from The Sandpiper
Robert Goulet Performer "The Sweetheart Tree" from The Great Race
Liza Minnelli Performer "What's New Pussycat?" from What's New Pussycat?

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Wallechinsky, David; Wallace, Irving (1975). The People's Almanac. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. p. 844. ISBN 0-385-04060-1.
  2. ^ "All Time Box Office Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation". Boxofficemojo.com. Archived from the original on May 4, 2009. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
  3. ^ "The 38th Academy Awards (1966) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on January 11, 2015. Retrieved August 24, 2011.