Wednesday, June 5, 2013

VIDEO: The first Academy Awards in color

The year was 1966 and the Red Carpet never looked better.

It was the 38th Academy Awards, the show's first ever broadcast in color. ABC aired the ceremony host by Bob Hope from the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, Calif.

As seen in a new video recently uploaded to the Academy's YouTube channel, a choir sings and narrator highlights some of the stars on the Red Carpet, including Gregory Peck, Kim Novak and Julie Andrews.

Andrews would not go on to win the Best Actress Oscar that night for "The Sound of Music." Instead, Julie Christie would win the award for "Darling."

"The Sound of Music" would take the top prize, however, for Best Picture of 1965.

Watch the video, including part of Hope's opening monologue:

The Oscars first aired on TV with the 25th Academy Awards on March 19, 1953. NBC's TV and radio network carried the ceremony, held simultaneously in Hollywood and New York City.

Hope hosted of the Academy Awards ceremony 14 times, between 1939 and 1977.
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