The year was 1968. If I’m not mistaken, they still said, “The winner is…” back then.
It was a year that would set a record that to this day has yet to be broken:
The category was Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role…
Barbra Streisand, Funny Girl.
The kiss that almost launched (another) war.
Everything was going smoothly until a publicity photo of Omar Sharif and Barbra Streisand kissing was released to the newspapers. With the emotions of the Six Day War still running high, the Egyptian press began a campaign to get Sharif’s citizenship revoked over the kiss. The Egyptian headline read: “Omar Kisses Barbra, Egypt Angry.” When asked to respond to the controversy, Barbra Streisand tried to make light of it. “Egypt angry!” she said. “You should hear what my Aunt Sarah said!” Behind the Camera on Funny Girl
At one point, the studios considered replacing Sharif.
Oy. What a loss that would have been.
And the other winner?
Katharine Hepburn, The Lion in Winter.
My very favorite movie ever.
The most dysfunctional family ever during the most dysfunctional family holiday ever, and my two most favorite actors in the world. Hepburn and O’Toole.
Oh, what an embarrassment of riches we had that year. Did we know it? We must have.
And the winners were… us.