A Look Back at the 1960s & 1970s – John Wayne

A Look Back at the 1960s & 1970s

By the 1960s, John Wayne’s box-office appeal kept climbing, and industry recognition reflected that. The Motion Picture Herald again called him Star of the Decade for 1960-70, and his long years of effort to produce the historical drama, “The Alamo,” were rewarded when he was nominated for an Academy Award for producing that film, which also garnered him another Victoire du Cinema Award in France for his performance as Colonel Davey Crockett. That movie also won Wayne awards in Japan, another Golden Laurel, and an award from the Western Heritage organization. The Golden Laurels also honored Wayne in 1962 for Top Action Performance in “The Comancheros,” and his work in “Who Shot Liberty Valance,” earned more Golden Laurel and Western Heritage hardware, as well, in the early 1960’s. In 1966, Photoplay Magazine gave him the Mr. Boxoffice Award for being the all-time box-office champion in Movie history. In 1966, he was presented with the Golden Globe’s Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry, and in 1968, he was named the No. 1 star in Britain by Motion Picture Film Daily. Then, the “True Grit” phenomenon hit in the late 1960’s, including a Golden Globe in 1969, another Time Magazine cover that year, and his first Academy Award victory in 1970. It was more of the same into the 1970’s, with the Greater Los Angeles Press Club naming him Headliner of the Year in 1970, and more Laurel Award recognition for “True Grit,” Of particular importance to Wayne, the United States Marine Corps gave him its Iron Mike Award in 1971—the highest award that branch of the military gives to civilians, and that same year, he was also given the West Point Society of Los Angeles Award, as well. In 1973, the Veterans of Foreign Wars presented Wayne with their National Americanism Gold Medal Award, and that same year, he served as Grand Marshall at the Rose Bowl Parade. The 1970’s also saw Wayne receive the National Football Gold Medal Award in 1973, and the satirical Harvard Lampoon Brass Balls Award, which he famously showed up to accept with his customary good humor. Wayne was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word performance for the album “America, Why I Love Her” in 1974, and he received People’s Choice Awards in 1975, 1976, and 1977.

1960
Nominated by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for best motion picture for producing The Alamo (1960) at the 33rd annual academy awards held on
April 17th, 1961

1960-1970
Voted STAR OF THE DECADE by Motion Picture Herald

1960
Won France’s VICTOIRE du CINEMA AWARD for best performance for “The Alamo”

1960
Was listed in TOP TEN ALL-AMERICAN FAVORITES in Boxoffice Magazine Awards

1960
Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 5th place

1960-1961
Won the NATIONAL SOCIETY DAUGHTERS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION AWARD AND CHILDREN OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION AWARD for “The Alamo”

1961
Won STAR OF THE YEAR AWARD from Theatre Owners of America

1961
Won THE FUKUNICHI NEWSPAPER AWARD in Japan for “The Alamo”

1961
Won BRONZE WRANGLER AWARD from Western Heritage for best theatrical motion picture for “The Alamo”

1961
Won GOLDEN LAUREL AWARD for Top Action Performance in The Alamo

1961
Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 8th place

1962
Won BRONZE WRANGLER AWARD from Western Heritage for best theatrical motion picture for “The Comancheros”

1962
Won GOLDEN LAUREL AWARD for Top Action Performance in The Comancheros

1962
Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 8th place

1963
Won BRONZE WRANGLER AWARD from Western Heritage for best theatrical motion picture for “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”

1963
Won GOLDEN LAUREL AWARD for Top Action Performance in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

1963
Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 4th place

1964
Won GOLDEN LAUREL AWARD for Top Action Performance in McLintock!

1964
Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 4th place

1965
Won GOLDEN APPLE AWARD for “Most Cooperative Actor”

1965
Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL AWARD for Best Action Performance in Circus World; came in 4th place

1965
Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 5th place

1966
Won MR. BOXOFFICE AWARD from Photoplay Magazine Awards for being the all-time box office champ in the motion picture industry

1966
Won a GOLDEN SPURS AWARD

1966
Won Golden Globe’s CECIL B. DEMILLE AWARD for outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry throughout the years at the 23rd annual awards ceremony

1966
Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 9th place

1967
Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 6th place

1968
Named #1 Star in Britain in the Motion Picture Film Daily

1968
Received the FRANCIS X. BUSHMAN AWARD on behalf of the Senior Citizens of this great country in recognition of his consistently fine performances and for the excellent example of Americanism he presents to all his generation

1968
Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Best Action Performance in The Green Berets; came in 3rd place

1968
Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 6th place

1969
Was #2 most popular actor in US and #1 in Britain according to Motion Picture Herald

1969
Won a GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD from Foreign Press Association for best dramatic actor in “True Grit”

1969
Featured on the cover of Time Magazine August 8, 1969

1969
Voted #1 in TOP TEN ALL-AMERICAN FAVORITES in Boxoffice Magazine Awards

1970
Nominated by Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences for best performance in “True Grit” for his role as “Rooster Cogburn” (1969) – And won the statue at the 42nd annual academy awards held on April 7th, 1970.

1970
HEADLINER OF THE YEAR AWARD given by Greater Los Angeles Press

 

1970
International LAUREL AWARD from Motion Picture Exhibitors for best performance in “True Grit”

 

1970
Photoplay’s GOLD MEDAL AWARD – voted FAVORITE STAR 1969-1970

 

1970
GOLDEN PLATE AWARD from American Academy of Achievement in Dallas, Texas

 

1970
Won BRONZE WRANGLER AWARD from Western Heritage for best theatrical motion picture for “True Grit”

 

1970
Nominated for GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD for Best Actor in a Drama for his performance in “True Grit” at the 27th annual awards ceremony

 

1970
Won GOLDEN LAUREL AWARD for Best Action Performance in True Grit

 

1970
Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 4th place

 

1971
Voted number 1 actor by Motion Picture Herald – set all-time record for being in TOP TEN for 23 years

 

1971
Won the GOLD MEDAL AWARD from Photoplay Magazine Awards for “Favorite Actor”

 

1971
US Marine Corps – IRON MIKE AWARD (highest award that can be given to a civilian)

 

1971
West Point Society of Los Angeles – DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY AWARD

 

1971
Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation – AMERICANISM AWARD

 

1971
First Place Award for “Cancer Check”

 

1971
Won GOLDEN LAUREL AWARD for Best Action Performance in Chisum

 

1971
Nominated for GOLDEN LAUREL’S Favorite Male Star; came in 7th place

 

1949-1972
Was one of Motion Picture Exhibitors’ top ten money making actors

 

1972
FAMILY WEEKLY AWARD from Family Weekly as favorite movie actor – April 25

 

1972
FAVORITE ACTOR AWARD from Photoplay – June 6

 

1973
Veterans of Foreign Wars – THE NATIONAL AMERICANISM GOLD MEDAL AWARD

 

1973
Grand Marshal of the Rose Bowl Parade

 

1973
Bill Gargan Cancer Award (received at the Golden Sword Inaugural Ball)

 

1973
National Football Gold Medal Award

 

1974
TUSS MCLAUGHRY AWARD – American Football Coaches Award

 

1974
Harvard Lampoon – BRASS BALLS AWARD and Honorary Colonel

 

1974
GEORGE WASHINGTON AWARD – Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge

 

1974
Nominated for GRAMMY AWARD for best spoken word for the album, “America, Why I Love Her” 17th Annual Grammy Awards

 

1975
People’s Choice Award – Favorite Motion Picture Actor received at first annual award presentation

 

1976
People’s Choice Award – Favorite Motion Picture Actor received at second annual award presentation

 

1976
Excellence in Entertainment Award – Notre Dame Club of Chicago

 

1976
Golden Apple Award – Hollywood Women’s Press Club – Male Star of the Year

 

1977
Star of the Century Award – National Entertainment Conference

 

1977
All-Time Favorite Star (one time only category) from Photoplay

 

1977
Voted as one of the Top Three most popular motion picture stars by U. S. Teenagers in Motion Picture Herald

 

1977
Voted NUMBER ONE by T.V.Q, a network publication of Motion Picture Herald

 

1977
People’s Choice Award – Favorite Motion Picture Actor received at third annual award presentation

 

1978
People’s Choice Award – Favorite Motion Picture Actor received at fourth annual award presentation

 

1979
Boy Scouts of America – Certificate of Recognition

 

Miscellaneous
Several US Government WAR AGENCIES PLAQUES – for outstanding service in WWII, in touring Pacific war bases and for tour of Vietnam

 

American Legion – AMERICANISM AWARD – also citation of recognition

 

City of Hope – HEART OF THE WORLD AWARD

 

USO – Certificate of Appreciation