Dec. 30, 1962 - The nation’s motion picture exhibitors have voted Paul Newman Best Actor of the Year. Announced by Exhibitor, an industry trade publication which polled theater owners and film buyers, the award was based on Newman’s performances in “The Hustler” and “Sweet Bird of Youth.” The actor was nominated for an Academy Award last spring for his role in “The Hustler” and is an Oscar contender for his work in “Sweet Bird of Youth.” In the poll, Newman also was cited as one of the nation’s three top male box office attractions. The others are Cary Grant and Rock Hudson. Newman was presented with the trophy at Paramount Studios where, in a rare comedy role, he is acting in “A New Kind of Love.” Co-starring is his wife, Joanne Woodward.
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