38th Academy Awards

The 38th Academy Awards, honoring the best in film for 1965, were held on April 18, 1966, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. They were hosted by Bob Hope.

The ceremony was broadcast on the ABC network and was the first to be broadcast live in color.

The two most nominated films were The Sound of Music and Doctor Zhivago, each with ten nominations and five wins. The winner of Best Picture was 20th Century Fox's and Robert Wise's The Sound of Music, adapted from the Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway musical. Both movies are in the top 10 inflation-adjusted commercially successful films ever made, and both would appear 33 years later on the American Film Institute list of the greatest American films of the twentieth century.

The Sound of Music was the first Best Picture winner without a screenwriting nomination since Hamlet; it would be the last until Titanic at the 70th Academy Awards. Othello became the third film (of four to date) to receive four acting nominations without one for Best Picture.

Lynda Bird Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson, attended the Academy Awards presentation and was escorted by actor George Hamilton.


Winners are listed first and highlighted with boldface

Honorary Award

  • Bob Hope "for unique and distinguished service to our industry and the Academy".

    Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

  • William Wyler

    Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

  • Edmond L. DePatie

    Multiple nominations and awards

    These films had multiple nominations:

  • 10 nominations: Doctor Zhivago and The Sound of Music
  • 8 nominations: Ship of Fools
  • 5 nominations: The Agony and the Ecstasy, Cat Ballou, Darling, The Great Race, The Greatest Story Ever Told and A Patch of Blue
  • 4 nominations: Othello, A Thousand Clowns and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • 3 nominations: The Collector and Inside Daisy Clover
  • 2 nominations: The Flight of the Phoenix, King Rat, Morituri, The Slender Thread and The Spy Who Came In from the ColdThe following films received multiple awards.

  • 5 wins: Doctor Zhivago and The Sound of Music
  • 3 wins: Darling
  • 2 wins: Ship of Fools

    Presenters and performers

    The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.