Oscar ~ Best Supporting Actress 1963

The five films nominated for Best Picture of 1963 were: (Color) Cleopatra-Walter Wanger, Producer U.S.; How the West Was Won-Bernard Smith, Producer U.S.; Tom Jones-Tony Richardson, Producer British. (B & W) Lilies of the Field-Ralph Nelson, Producer U.S.; America America-Elia Kazan, Producer U.S.(born in Turkey)
Talk about a British Invasion, an International group of women filled the Best Supporting Actress nominee’s bill. Lilia Skala an Austrian for her performance in Lilies of the Field and four British actresses: Diane Cilento for Tom Jones, Dame Edith Evans for Tom Jones, Joyce Redman for Tom Jones and Margaret Rutherford for The V.I.P.’s.
Ed Begley Best Supporting Actor in the previous year presented the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. All except one were not present at the award show and appeared on pre-recorded video for the viewing audience. Peter Ustinov accepted the award on behalf of Margaret Rutherford for her Best Supporting Actress performance in The V.I.P.’s.

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