Robertson wins the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of a man with a severe cognitive disability in Ralph Nelson’s Charly. Burt Lancaster presents the award. Frank Sinatra accepts the award for Robertson:
Ladies and gentleman, Mr. Robertson is filming in the Philippines and unfortunately he is steeped in it, couldn’t get away in time. But on his behalf, he thanks the Academy, and I wish him the joyous moment of his life right now. Thank you.