The 1962 Oscars are best remembered for two things: a bitter, bizarre, and batty Best Actress tiff (more on that in a future post), and a tight Best Picture race between two cinematic giants which left the other contenders just along for the ride. That assessment is certainly understandable. Lawrence of Arabia pulled in ten nominations and won seven, including Picture and Director; To Kill a Mockingbird‘s eight nominations led to three wins, including Actor and Adapted Screenplay. Meanwhile, the other three films up for the big prize were oddities, each failing to earn nods in any of the other “top” categories (directing, acting, and writing), receiving instead mentions in just the music and technical categories1. That’s a rarity for one picture in any year, more so three at once2. These films – The Longest Day, Mutiny on the Bounty, and The Music Man – are considered populist fare whose blockbuster status carried them to the top spot in place of more deserving efforts.