Which Academy Awards was the first to have three films that got twelve or more nominations?
The 37th Academy Awards honored film achievements of 1964. For the first time, an award was presented in the field of makeup. The ceremony was produced by MGM's Joe Pasternak and hosted, for the 14th time, by Bob Hope. The awards show was a star-studded one, including an appearance by Judy Garland, who sang a medley of Cole Porter songs in tribute to the composer, who had died in October 1964.
This year was the only time in Oscar history where three films got twelve or more nominations: "Becket" and "My Fair Lady" each received twelve, while "Mary Poppins" received thirteen.
The Best Picture winner of 1964, director George Cukor's "My Fair Lady", was about the transformative training of a rough-speaking flower girl into a lady. The musical had run for many years on the stage in both NYC and London. Audrey Hepburn, the female lead of the film, was controversially not nominated for Best Actress. The unpopularity of her replacing Julie Andrews – who had originated the role on Broadway. Julie Andrew's was the Best Actress winner of the year in "Mary Poppins".