In May 1961 a Pulitzer prize was awarded to Harper Lee, author of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
In 1962 the motion picture To Kill a Mockingbird directed by Robert Mulligan starred Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch and Mary Badham as Scout. Positively receeived by both the critics and the public, the film was a box-office success, earning more than six times its budget.
The film won three Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Peck, and was nominated for eight, including Best Picture.
In 1995, To Kill a Mockingbird was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.