39th Academy Awards
DateApril 10, 1967
SiteSanta Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California
Hosted byBob Hope
Produced byJoe Pasternak
Directed byRichard Dunlap
Best PictureA Man for All Seasons
Most awardsA Man for All Seasons (6)
Most nominationsWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (13)
TV in the United States
Duration2 hours, 31 minutes

The 39th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1966, were held on April 10, 1967, hosted by Bob Hope at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California.

In a rare occurrence during the period with five Best Picture nominees, only two were nominated for Best Director this year: Fred Zinnemann for A Man for All Seasons (the winner) and Mike Nichols for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. The latter was the second film in Oscars history to be nominated in every eligible category (after Cimarron (1931)), as well as the first of three to date to receive acting nominations for the entire credited cast.

For the second time in Oscars history, two siblings were nominated in the same category: Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave, both nominated for Best Actress for their performances in Morgan! and Georgy Girl, respectively. This had previously occurred in 1941, when sisters Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland were each nominated for Best Actress.

Elizabeth Taylor was informed of her having won the Best Actress award in London, but was so frustrated by Richard Burton's loss of the Best Actor award that she refused to hold a press conference for two weeks.[1]

Six films won multiple Oscars this year—A Man for All Seasons, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Grand Prix, Fantastic Voyage, A Man and a Woman, and Born Free—a record that was later tied in 2010, 2012, and 2017, and surpassed in 2020/21, when seven films won at least two Oscars. Every Best Picture nominee was nominated for Best Actor as well, the only time in the era of five Best Picture nominees that each nominated film received a nomination in a single acting category.

Winners and nominees

Fred Zinnemann, Best Director and Best Picture winner
Paul Scofield, Best Actor winner
Elizabeth Taylor, Best Actress winner
Walter Matthau, Best Supporting Actor winner
Claude Lelouch, Best Original Screenplay co-winner
John Barry, Best Original Score winner and Best Original Song co-winner
Don Black, Best Original Song co-winner
Ken Thorne, Best Adapted Score winner
Haskell Wexler, Best Cinematography (Black & White) winner

Nominees were announced on February 20, 1967. Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger (‡).[2][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 Original Music Score
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 Awards

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 of the 39th Academy Awards
Arthur Freed (AMPAS President) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Dean Jones
Raquel Welch
Presenters of the award for Best Sound
Shelley Winters Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Omar Sharif
Presenters of the awards for Best Cinematography
Irene Dunne Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Olivia de Havilland Presenter of the Short Subjects Awards
Diahann Carroll Presenter of the award for Best Sound Effects
Richard Harris
Barbara Rush
Presenters of the Documentary Awards
Fred MacMurray Presenter of the award for Best Special Visual Effects
Candice Bergen
Robert Mitchum
Presenters of the awards for Best Costume Design
Sidney Poitier Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Jack Valenti Presenter of the Honorary Award to Y. Frank Freeman
Lee Remick
James Stewart
Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing
Charlton Heston Presenter of the Honorary Award to Yakima Canutt
Patricia Neal Presenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Rock Hudson
Vanessa Redgrave
Presenters of the awards for Best Art Direction
Fred Astaire
Ginger Rogers
Presenters of the Writing Awards
Arthur Freed Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Robert Wise
Mary Tyler Moore
Dick Van Dyke
Presenters of the Music Awards
Dean Martin Presenter of the award for Best Song
Lee Marvin Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Rosalind Russell Presenter of the award for Best Director
Julie Christie Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Audrey Hepburn Presenter of the award for Best Picture


Name Role Performed
Johnny Green Musical arranger and conductor Orchestral
Dionne Warwick Performer "Alfie" from Alfie
Roger Williams
The Young Americans
Performers "Born Free" from Born Free
Mitzi Gaynor Performer "Georgy Girl" from Georgy Girl
John Davidson Performer "A Time for Love" from An American Dream
Jackie DeShannon Performer "My Wishing Doll" from Hawaii

See also


  1. ^ Wallechinsky, David; Wallace, Irving (1975). The People's Almanac. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. p. 844. ISBN 0-385-04060-1.
  2. ^ "The 39th Academy Awards (1967) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Archived from the original on November 10, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
  3. ^ "The Official Academy Awards Database". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Select "1966" in the "Award Year(s)" drop-down menu and press "Search".
  4. ^ The Opening of the Academy Awards in 1967 Archived 2016-04-02 at the Wayback Machine, posted to YouTube by The Oscars (official channel)