Warren And Wood

Vintage Oscars: Best Photos of the 1960s

See Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty, Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, and other legends on Hollywood's biggest night.

It was the decade during which Hollywood made the full switch from black-and-white to color and swung between old Hollywood aesthetics (movie musicals!) and shocking new visions (as heralded by "Bonnie and Clyde"). Still, the Oscars were as glamorous and star-studded as ever, as seen in these 25 photos from that tumultuous decade. (Above: Natalie Wood, nominee in 1962 for "Splendor in the Grass," arrives with her costar and date Warren Beatty.)

Lucky Number 4 Ralph Crane/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images Lucky Number 4 She'd been nominated three times previously, but with her fourth time at bat for Best Actress (for "Butterfield 8"), Elizabeth Taylor finally hit the home run. Coincidentally, her fourth husband, Eddie Fisher, sits beside her as she's announced the winner at the 1961 show. Brooding, Much? William Lovelace/Getty Images Brooding, Much? Paul Newman, smokin' at an after-party in 1962. Wonder Women ABC Photo Archives/ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images Wonder Women Talk about a wow: At the 1969 ceremony, leading ladies Natalie Wood, Ingrid Bergman, Jane Fonda, Diahann Carroll, and Rosalind Russell join forces to present the award for Best Director (to Carol Reed, for "Oliver!"). Party Animal Jack Albin/Getty Images Party Animal Patty Duke, 16-year-old winner of Best Supporting Actress for her role as Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker," brought her chihuahua Bambi to the Oscars after-party at L.A.'s Hilton Hotel. Sing It Loud, Sing It Proud Archive Photos/Getty Images Sing It Loud, Sing It Proud Rita Moreno, just announced Best Supporting Actress of 1962, celebrates her news with a phone call backstage. She'd charmed audiences as Anita in the movie adaptation of the musical "West Side Story." Hepburn's Hello Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Popperfoto/Getty Images Hepburn's Hello Audrey Hepburn and her then-husband, Mel Ferrer, arrive at the 1967 ceremony, where Hepburn presented the award for Best Picture to "A Man for All Seasons." Though she wasn't nominated this year, she would be the next, for playing a blind woman in "Wait Until Dark." La Dolce Vita Lawrence Schiller/Getty Images La Dolce Vita Sophia Loren, winner of Best Actress for the Italian film "Two Women," laughs with husband Carlo Ponti and other revelers after the 1962 show. Kiss Kiss, Snap Snap Archive Photos/Getty Images Kiss Kiss, Snap Snap Susan Hayward congratulates "Ben-Hur" star Charlton Heston for taking Best Actor honors, 1960. Finding the Light J. R. Eyerman/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images Finding the Light Natalie Wood peeks back at LIFE photographer J. R. Eyerman, who trailed the actress at the 1962 Oscars (she was nominated for "Splendor in the Grass," but didn't win). Costar Warren Beatty was her date that night. Hey, Isn't That...? William Lovelace/Getty Images Hey, Isn't That...? Excited kids say hi to Gregory Peck as he strolls toward the show in 1962. The next year, Peck would win Best Actor for playing a character beloved by many a middle-school reader: Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird." Reflecting on the Moment Gene Lester/Getty Images Reflecting on the Moment The dashing Sidney Poitier, photographed on the 1964 night he made Oscar history as the first black performer to win Best Actor (for "Lilies of the Field"). Oh, 'Darling'! Bettmann/Bettmann Archive Oh, 'Darling'! In 1966, Julie Christie shows exactly how she feels about the golden guy she just won for Best Actress. Sibling Revelry Bettmann/Bettmann Archive Sibling Revelry Shirley MacLaine and her brother Warren Beatty make the Oscars scene in 1966. A King and His Princesses Gene Lester/Getty Images A King and His Princesses By 1967 a Hollywood legend, Jimmy Stewart brings twin daughters Judy and Kelly to the big show. Ear-Tugging Is Next Archive Photos/Getty Images Ear-Tugging Is Next Comedians Carol Burnett and Jim Nabors pull rather funny faces at an Oscars party in 1967. The Governor at the Ball Bettmann/Bettmann Archive The Governor at the Ball Former movie actor and future U.S. president Ronald Reagan, then the new governor of California, arrives with wife Nancy in 1967. Never Too Cool to Be Impressed Bettmann/Bettmann Archive Never Too Cool to Be Impressed In 1967, Steve McQueen — Best Actor nominee for "The Sand Pebbles" — takes in the moment with wife Neile Adams. The Academy Awards, or Fashion Week? Bettmann/Bettmann Archive The Academy Awards, or Fashion Week? Actress Inger Stevens catches photographers' attention in 1967. The New Vanguard Max B. Miller/Getty Images The New Vanguard Faye Dunaway, the title anti-heroine of "Bonnie and Clyde," radiates chic in 1968. This was her first of three nominations for Best Actress, the last of which, for "Network," resulted in a win. She's pictured with her then-fiancé, Jerry Schatzberg (he's the one with the 'stache and muttonchops). She'll Be Back Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Popperfoto/Getty Images She'll Be Back Husband-and-wife team Sonny and Cher enjoy a somewhat chill night at the Oscars in 1968. Exactly 20 years and another marriage later, she'd win Best Actress, for "Moonstruck." Pressed! William Lovelace/Getty Images Pressed! Busy journalists backstage at the 1962 show. You'd Recognize That Profile Anywhere Bettmann/Bettmann Archive You'd Recognize That Profile Anywhere The iconic filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock acquiesces to a smile in 1968. On this night, he accepted the Irving Thalberg honorary Oscar for his body of work. Stunningly, Hitchcock never won a competitive Oscar for Best Director, despite being nominated five times. Hello, Gorgeous Ron Galella/WireImage Hello, Gorgeous At the Governor's Ball after-party in 1969, "Funny Girl" star Barbra Streisand gazes at her prize for Best Actress. She tied that year with Katharine Hepburn ("The Lion in Winter"). Who's House? Frank's House. ABC Photo Archives/ABC Photo Archives/Getty Images Who's House? Frank's House. Sinatra, legendary crooner and Oscar winner, gets comfortable while performing the title tune from the movie "Star!" in 1969.