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38th Academy Awards
Date April 18, 1966
Site Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California
Host Bob Hope
Producer Joe Pasternak
Director Richard Dunlap
Best Picture The Sound of Music
Most awards Doctor Zhivago and The Sound of Music (5)
Most nominations Doctor Zhivago and The Sound of Music (10)
TV in the United States
Network ABC

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.

The ceremony was broadcast on the ABC network and was the first to be broadcast live in color.

The two most nominated films were The Sound of Music and Doctor Zhivago, each with ten nominations and five wins. The winner of Best Picture was 20th Century Fox's and Robert Wise's The Sound of Music, adapted from the Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway musical. Both movies are in the top 10 inflation-adjusted commercially successful films ever made,[1] and both would appear 33 years later on the American Film Institute list of the greatest American films of the 20th Century.

The Sound of Music was the first Best Picture winner without a writing nomination since Hamlet; it would be the last until Titanic at the 70th Academy Awards.

Lynda Bird Johnson, daughter of President Johnson, attended the Academy Awards presentation and was escorted by actor George Hamilton.


Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface[2]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film Best Original Song
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Best Animated Short
Best Original Score Best Adaptation or Treatment Score
Best Sound Editing Best Sound Mixing
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 Visual Effects

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award[edit]

William Wyler

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award[edit]

Edmond L. DePatie


Multiple nominations and awards[edit]

Presenters and performers[edit]

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


Name Role
Simms, HankHank Simms Announcer for the 38th Academy Awards
Freed, ArthurArthur Freed (AMPAS President) Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony
Duke, PattyPatty Duke
George Hamilton
Presenters of the award for Best Sound
Malone, DorothyDorothy Malone Presenter of the award for Best Visual Effects
Kedrova, LilaLila Kedrova Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Mimieux, YvetteYvette Mimieux Presenter of the award for Best Sound Effects
Turner, LanaLana Turner Presenter of the Costume Design Awards
Berle, MiltonMilton Berle
Phyllis Diller
Presenters of the Documentary Awards
Knotts, DonDon Knotts
Elke Sommer
Presenters of the Short Subjects Awards
n.a. Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Robards, JasonJason Robards Presenter of the award for Best Film Editing
Beatty, WarrenWarren Beatty
Debbie Reynolds
Presenters of the award for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Dickinson, AngieAngie Dickinson Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Edmond L. DePatie
Johnson, RichardRichard Johnson
Kim Novak
Presenters of the award for Best Cinematography
Coburn, JamesJames Coburn
Virna Lisi
Presenters of the Music Awards
Peck, GregoryGregory Peck Presenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Wood, NatalieNatalie Wood Presenter of the award for Best Original Song
MacLaine, ShirleyShirley MacLaine Presenter of the award for Best Director
Peppard, GeorgeGeorge Peppard
Joanne Woodward
Presenters of the Writing Awards
Freed, ArthurArthur Freed Presenter of the Irving J. Thalberg Memorial Award to William Wyler
Andrews, JulieJulie Andrews Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Harrison, RexRex Harrison Presenter of the award for Best Actress
Freed, ArthurArthur Freed Presenter of the Honorary Gold Medal to Bob Hope
Lemmon, JackJack Lemmon Presenter of the award for Best Picture


Name Role Performed
Green, JohnnyJohnny Green Musical arranger
Academy Awards Chorus, 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
Legrand, MichelMichel Legrand
Jane Morgan
Performers "I Will Wait for You" from The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
McNair, BarbaraBarbara McNair Performer "The Shadow of Your Smile" from The Sandpiper
Goulet, RobertRobert Goulet Performer "The Sweetheart Tree" from The Great Race
Minnelli, LizaLiza Minnelli Performer "What's New Pussycat?" from What's New Pussycat?

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "All Time Box Office Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  2. ^ "The 38th Academy Awards (1966) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-08-24. 

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