Oscar Movies: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962)

Oscar Alert


Oscar Nominations: 5


Actress: Bette Davis

Supporting Actor: Victor Buono

Cinematography (b/w): Ernest Haller

Costume design (b/w): Norma Koch

Sound: Joseph Kelly


Oscar Awards: 1


Costume design


Oscar Context:


This was Bette Davis' tenth and last Best Actress nomination, but the winner in 1962 was a relatively newcomer, Anne Bancroft for “The Miracle Worker.”


Victor Buono, a heavy (obese) actor of 300 pounds made his feature debut in this picture and also appeared in “Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte,” Robin and the Seven Hoods,” and other films before dying in 1982.  Buono lost out the Oscar to Ed Begley, who won for Tennessee Williams' film version, “Sweet Bird of Youth,” starring Paul Newman.


The Cinematography Oscar went to Jean Bourgoin and Walter Wottitz' for WWII drama, “The Longest Day,” and the Sound award deservedly went to John Cox for David Lean's epic, “Lawrence of Arabia.”