John Wayne Wins Best Actor Oscar

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April 7, 1970 – The legendary actor John Wayne wins his first–and only–acting Academy Award, for his legendary performance in the director Henry Hathaway’s Western True Grit.

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Ben Hur Sets Oscar Record

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April 4, 1960 –  William Wyler’s Technicolor epic Ben-Hur is the behemoth entry at the 32nd annual Academy Awards ceremony held at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Setting an Oscar record, the film swept 11 of the 12 categories in which it was nominated, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Charlton Heston).