Sunday, March 02, 2014

and the oscar for criticizing the 1964 academy awards ceremony goes to...

Source: the Toronto Star, April 13, 1964.
To mark Oscar night, we're heading back 50 years to check the reaction from Toronto's TV critics regarding the 36th annual Academy Awards ceremony on April 13, 1964. Among the milestones that night were the first black performer to win Best Actor (Sidney Poitier in Lilies of the Field) and the first film to place three nominees in the Best Supporting Actress category (Diane Cilento, Edith Evans, and Joyce Redman in Tom Jones, all of whom lost to Margaret Rutherford from The V.I.P.s).


In the Star, Frank Moritsugu participated in a long-standing Oscar tradition: declaring that year's broadcast the worst he's ever seen.

Source: the Toronto Star, April 14, 1964.

On the other hand, the Globe and Mail's Dennis Braithwaite thought Jack Lemmon was a fine host.

Source: the Globe and Mail, April 15, 1964.

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