Today the 34th Academy Awards were held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The evening was dominated by the musical West Side Story, which won 10 Oscars, more than any other musical in the history of the program. Host Bob Hope presided over the longest Oscars broadcast to date, more than two hours.
Maximilian Schell was honored as Best Actor for his role in Judgment at Nuremberg, a film that was also nominated for Best Picture (among its 11 nominations). Best Actress went to Audrey Hepburn for her role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Despite the fact that Judgment at Nuremberg had more nominations, West Side Story swept the awards, racking up Best Picture, Best Director (Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise), Best Supporting Actor (George Chakiris), Best Supporting Actress (Rita Moreno), Best Musical Score, Best Sound recording, Best Film Editing as well as Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design (all three in the Color category).