The 35th Academy Awards ceremony, honoring the films of 1962, took place at Santa Monica's Civic Auditorium on April 8th, 1963. Frank Sinatra, who nearly missed the event because he forgot his parking pass, hosted the festivities. The big winner that evening was David Lean’s epic production of Lawrence of Arabia, winner of seven golden
statuettes - for:
- Best Picture
- Best Director
- Art Direction/color
- Film Editing
- Music Score
The film also garnered nominations for Peter O’Toole in the Best Actor category, Omar Sharif as Best Supporting Actor and for its screenplay.
1962 was not a mediocre movie year - among other notable films that season were The Birdman of Alcatraz, Cape Fear, Days of Wine and Roses, Dr. No (the first James Bond film), Gypsy, How the West Was Won (one of only two dramatic feature films made using the three-strip Cinerama process), Jules and Jim, To Kill a Mockingbird, Knife in the Water, Lolita, The Longest Day, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Manchurian Candidate, The Miracle Worker, The Music Man and Ride the High Country. Lean’s sweeping tale, filmed in Super Panavision 70 and based on the legendary experiences of British Army lieutenant T.E. Lawrence in Arabia during World War I, became a legend in its own right and is today listed as #7 on the AFI’s “100 Greatest Movies of All Time.”
Now, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the film's release, Sony Pictures and Fathom Events presents Lawrence of Arabia 50th Anniversary Event: Digitally Restored in theaters on Thursday, October 4. The 50th anniversary restoration of the Director’s Cut was conducted with the latest digital imaging technology and went through a painstaking color grading and re-mastering process. This special event presentation features an introduction by Omar Sharif, newsreel footage of the film’s New York premiere as well as an interview with director and film preservation/restoration champion Martin Scorsese who talks about the film and its enduring influence.
Update: Congratulations to Lorraine in Illinois, winner of the ticket giveaway!
On Sunday, September 30, I’ll conduct a random drawing for a pair of tickets to the one-day-only screening. Please send your entry, including your name, mailing address (no P.O. boxes, please) and theater selection (for a list of participating theaters, click here) to email@example.com. The winner will be notified immediately and tickets will be sent directly from Pure Brand Communications. This special presentation of Lawrence of Arabia screens at 7pm local time on October 4 in theaters nationwide.