Just about any time a fad or trend or entertainer achieves success of phenomenal proportions, an almost-inevitable backlash occurs. Critics, the more fickle fans or anyone who never entirely shared or understood the fad's appeal in the first place will start looking for excuses to bash the pop culture phenomenon, gleefully point out it's flaws or deride it as having deteriorated. By 1966, Beatlemania was firmly entrenched worldwide and that inevitable backlash escalated. Even many Beatles fans were among those upset when the deep-thinking, ever-philosophical Beatle John Lennon expressed ideas that were perceived as sacrilegious and offensive to Christians. Although Beatlemania continued to enjoy widespread support, there was also a sizable groundswell of Beatles-bashing directly resulting from the Lennon musings. This backlash did little lasting damage to Beatlemania, but it demonstrated the Beatles were not entirely the invincible juggernaut they'd once seemed. Some fans never forgave Lennon for his religious viewpoint, including the unstable "fan" who shot Lennon to death in 1980, reportedly citing the 1966 comments as part of his motive.
Just as the British were invading the music industry, British films (along with other foreign movies) were becoming very popular with US audiences in 1966. Roughly half the Oscar nominees for acting for 1966 films were from the UK. Some of the remaining nominees were from other foreign countries ranging from Japan (Mako) to France (Anouk Aimee) to Tahiti (Jocelyne Lagarde). British nominees won in the three main categories. "A Man For All Seasons" won Best Picture, with its star Paul Scofield honored with the Actor Oscar for his mesmerizing performance as Sir Thomas More. The London-born actress Elizabeth Taylor was awarded the Actress Oscar for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf." The Supporting Actor awards went to Americans: Walter Matthau ("The Fortune Cookie") and Sandy Dennis (also for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf").
That doesn't mean there weren't a lot of old-fashioned, more traditional movies finding audiences that year, too. Also popular were action-adventure thrillers, Westerns, comedies, horror films, fantasies, family-oriented fare, war stories and movies about nuns. Published with permission from www.mrpopculture.com. Richard from Amish Stories.
Shapes of Things" is a song written by Paul Samwell-Smith, Keith Relf, and Jim McCarty, originally recorded by The Yardbirds and released as a single in March 1966 by the Columbia Graphophone Company.
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