Oscar Rewrite: 1963


Best Picture: Tom Jones      8 1/2

Best Director: Tony Richardson (Tom Jones)   Robert Wise (The Haunting)

Robert Wise won Best Director for his lavish musicals West Side Story (1961) and The Sound of Music (1965). Sandwiched between them was the film that should have earned directing gold, The Haunting. The former editor of Citizen Kane (1941) and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Wise applies the cinematic language he learned from Welles, turning his haunted house into a character like Xanadu or the Ambersons Mansion, and scaring the crap out of us by showing us virtually nothing.

Best Actor: Sidney Poitier (Lillies of the Field)  Jerry Lewis (The Nutty Professor)

Best Actress: Patricia Neal (Hud)      Tippi Hedren (The Birds)

Best Supporting Actor: Melvyn Douglas (Hud)

Best Supporting Actress: Margaret Rutherford Claudia Cardinale (The Leopard / 8 1/2 / Pink Panther)

Best Original Screenplay: How the West Was Won (James R. Webb)    The Pink Panther (Blake Edwards & Maurice Richlin)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Tom Jones (John Osborne from Henry Fielding’s book) The Great Escape (James Clavell & W.R. Burnett from Paul Brickhill’s book)

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