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44th Academy Awards

44th Academy Awards
File:44th Academy Awards.jpg
Date Monday, April 10, 1972
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Host Helen Hayes, Alan King, Sammy Davis, Jr., Jack Lemmon
Producer Howard W. Koch
Director Marty Pasetta
Best Picture The French Connection
Most awards The French Connection (5)
Most nominations Fiddler on the Roof, The French Connection, and The Last Picture Show (8)
TV in the United States
Network NBC
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The 44th Academy Awards were presented April 10, 1972 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by Helen Hayes, Alan King, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Jack Lemmon. One of the highlights of the evening was the appearance of Betty Grable, battling cancer at the time, who made one of her last public appearances. She appeared along with one of her leading men from the 1940s, singer Dick Haymes, to present the musical scoring awards. Grable died the following year. This was the first time in the history of the Awards in which the nominees were shown on superimposed pictures while being announced.

Winners and nominees


Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[1][2]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Foreign Language Film Best Costume Design
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Best Animated Short
  • Sentinels of Silence – Robert Amram and Manuel Arango
    • Good Morning – Denny Evans and Ken Greenwald
    • The Rehearsal – Stephen F. Verona
Best Original Score (Dramatic) Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score
Best Original Song Best Sound Mixing
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects

Honorary Academy Awards

Charlie Chaplin received an honorary award at this ceremony, for "the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century". Chaplin, who had been living in self-imposed exile in Switzerland for twenty years, came back to the United States specifically to receive this award. When introduced to the audience, Chaplin received a twelve-minute standing ovation, the longest in Academy Awards history.

Films with multiple nominations and awards

Presenters and performers

The following individuals presented awards or performed musical numbers.



See also


  1. ^ The Official Acadademy Awards® Database
  2. ^ "The 44th Academy Awards (1972) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-12-06.