Peck wins the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Atticus Smith in Robert Mulligan’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Sophia Loren presents the award. Peck:
Thank you, fellow Academy members. Thank you, Harper Lee, Alan Pakula, Robert Mulligan, Russ Harlan, all of my good friends and associates at the studio. Thank you, members of the press who cover the local scene, critics, columnists across the country who approved of my work and said so. And I want to thank my family, my good, close friends, who have lent me inspiration and moral support and affection. Thank you very much.