Oscar Scandals: Hepburn, Audrey

In 1964, the film musical My Fair Lady was nominated in every major category except Best Actress, despite an elegant performance by Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle. Production of this film was marked by resentment over Jack Warners's refusal to cast Julie Andrews in a role she had played to great acclaim on stage.

Under other circumstances, Hepburn would have been nominated, but the Acting Branch expressed its indignation by denying Hepburn a nomination and by conferring on Julie Andrews the award for Mary Poppins, released the same year.

Insiders felt as if Andrews got the award for the wrong film–had she played Eliza, she would have won an Oscar. Mary Poppins served as an excuse to compensate Andrews for the injustice done to her by Jack Warner, though it didn't hurt Andrews that the film was a commercial hit.