Yul Brynner Best Actor of 1956 for The King and I presenting Elizabeth Taylor Best Actress Award 1960.
Butterfield 8 I imagine kids today wonder what kind of a title that is. Well in the 1950’s it was a very special phone number for a very special call girl; Elizabeth. Controversy surrounds this film. Should Elizabeth have received the award for a role she hated? Should she have gotten the award for Suddenly Last Summer instead? Was it a pity award? We don’t really care; our Liz went through hell the later part of the 1950’s. She lost a husband in a tragic accident months after giving birth to her daughter Liza. Elizabeth honored movie contract obligations appearing in three highly emotional dramatic roles: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Suddenly Last Summer, and Butterfield 8. Plus she survived a bout of Pneumonia (which could be deadly in those days) and an emergency tracheotomy. Of course she deserved the Oscar whichever one of the films she acted in at this time. This you tube clip showing Elizabeth accepting her Oscar on April 17, 1961 was her first public appearance after her near fatal illness. Her then husband Eddie Fisher helping her onstage seemed a very caring gesture.