Wednesday, January 4, 2012

33rd Academy Award held at the Santa Monica Auditorium

On Monday, April 17, 1961, the 33rd Annual Academy Award ceremony was held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The master of ceremonies was Bob Hope. The winning motion picture was "The Apartment." The best actor was Burt Lancaster in "Elmer Gantry" and best actress, Elizabeth Taylor in "Butterfield 8." The best director award went to Billy Wilder for "The Apartment." The Oscar for best music score of a dramatic or comedic film was for "Exodus."

Resources consulted include Imagine Santa Monica's Image Archives and the Oscar Legacy section of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science website.