Thursday, April 17, 2008

Apr 17: And the Oscar goes to ...

On this day in 1961, Bob Hope hosted the Academy Awards, held for the first time outside of Hollywood - at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California.
Disney's Goliath II (about a 6-inch tall elephant) is among those nominated for Best Short Subject, Cartoons - but loses to Munro. Directed by Wolfgang Reitherman, Goliath II is narrated by Sterling Holloway.
Although nominated for Best Short Subject, Live Action Subjects - Disney's Islands of the Sea loses to Day of the Painter. Islands of the Sea is a beautifully shot documentary about the wildlife on 4 islands - the Galapagos, Guadelupe, Falklands, and an island in the Midway chain.
The Oscar for Best Documentary Feature does go to a Disney picture titled The Horse with the Flying Tail - about a palomino who becomes a champion mount for one of the US equestrian team.
Hayley Mills is given a special Juvenile Award for her performance in Disney's Pollyanna, as a young girl who comes to an embittered town and must confront its attitude with her determination.

Click HERE for more April 17 Disney history.

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