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“Tom Jones” Receives 10 Oscar Nominations

Feb. 24, 1964 - “Tom Jones,” a British comedy released in art houses, outdistanced “Cleopatra,” the most expensive movie ever made, buy receiving 10 nominations today for Oscars. “Cleopatra” got nine. The nominations for the 1963 entries in the 36th annual competition were announced by Arthur Freed, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The winners will be announced April 13.

One of the most unusual aspects of this year’s nominations was that “Hud” (pictured), though named seven times for best performance by an actor, an actress, and a supporting actor, for directing, writing, cinematography, and art direction — nevertheless failed to win nomination by the academy members for best picture.

Nominated for best picture were: “Cleopatra,” “America America,” “How the West Was Won,” “Lilies of the Field,” and “Tom Jones.”

For best performance by an actor: Albert Finney in “Tom Jones,” Richard Harris in “This Sporting Life,” Rex Harrison in “Cleopatra,” Paul Newman in “Hud,” and Sidney Poitier in “Lilies of the Field.”

Best performance by an actress: Leslie Caron in “The L-Shaped Room,” Shirley MacLaine in “Irma la Douce,” Patricia Neal in “Hud,” Rachel Roberts in “This Sporting Life,” and Natalie Wood in “Love With the Proper Stranger.”

Best achievement in directing: Elia Kazan for “America America,” Otto Preminger for “The Cardinal,” Federico Fellini for “8½,” Martin Ritt for “Hud,” and Tony Richardson for “Tom Jones.”


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