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50th Academy Awards

50th Academy Awards
File:50th Academy Awards.jpg
Date Monday, April 3, 1978
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Host Bob Hope
Producer Howard W. Koch
Director Marty Pasetta
Best Picture Annie Hall
Most awards Star Wars (7)
Most nominations Julia and The Turning Point (11)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Duration 3 hours, 30 minutes
Ratings 39.73 million
31.1% (Nielsen ratings)[1]
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The 50th Academy Awards were held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California on April 3, 1978. The ceremonies were presided over by Bob Hope, who hosted the awards for the nineteenth and last time.

Two of the year's biggest winners were Star Wars, which swept the technical categories by winning 6 out of its 10 nominations and a Special Achievement for Sound Effects Editing, and Annie Hall, winning 4 out of 5 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Director. The awards show was also notable for a very politically charged acceptance speech by Vanessa Redgrave.

The Turning Point set the record for the most nominations without a win (11), previously held by Peyton Place and The Little Foxes, which each had 9 nominations with no wins. This record, later tied by The Color Purple, still stands as of the 87th Academy Awards.

Annie Hall was the last Best Picture winner to be nominated for just five awards until The Departed 29 years later in 2006.

Jason Robards became the fourth actor to win back-to-back Oscars, following Luise Rainer, Spencer Tracy, and Katharine Hepburn.

For the first and only time to date, both Best Actor and Best Actress winners won for roles in two different romantic comedies.

The animated opening sequence, as well as promos for the Awards show, were done by British animator Harry Marks. Marks also did animated sequences for the top nominated categories, which weren't used for the final telecast.


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Jason Robards, Best Supporting Actor winner

Winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface.[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 Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short
Best Live Action Short Best Animated Short
Best Original Score Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score
Best Original Song Best Costume Design
Best Sound Mixing Best Sound Editing
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing Best Visual Effects

Academy Honorary Awards

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award


Redgrave speech

During the ceremony, Vanessa Redgrave won the Best Supporting Actress award for Julia, and, aware of members of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) protesting outside,[clarification needed] made the following comments:

Two hours later,[3] when it came his turn to announce an award winner (for Best Writing), Paddy Chayefsky, perturbed by what he perceived as "cracks about Jews"[3] at the Academy Awards, replied:


Name Role
Koch, Howard W.Howard W. Koch Gave opening remarks welcoming guest to the Awards ceremony
Davis, BetteBette Davis Voting rules
Peck, GregoryGregory Peck
Travolta, JohnJohn Travolta Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actress
Hamill, MarkMark Hamill Presenters of the Special Achievement Award
Foster, JodieJodie Foster Presenters of the Short Subjects Awards
Mouse, MickeyMickey Mouse
Williams, PaulPaul Williams
Holden, WilliamWilliam Holden Presenters of the Sound Awards
Stanwyck, BarbaraBarbara Stanwyck
Fontaine, JoanJoan Fontaine Presenter of the award for Best Visual Effects
Douglas, KirkKirk Douglas Presenters of the Documentary Awards
Welch, RaquelRaquel Welch
Williams, Billy DeeBilly Dee Williams Presenter of the Scientific & Technical Awards
Garson, GreerGreer Garson Presenters of the award of Best Art Direction
Winkler, HenryHenry Winkler
Saint, Eva MarieEva Marie Saint Presenters of the award for Best Foreign Language Film
Valenti, JackJack Valenti
Caine, MichaelMichael Caine Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actor
Smith, MaggieMaggie Smith
Wood, NatalieNatalie Wood Presenter of the award for Best Costume Design
Green, JohnnyJohnny Green Presenters of the award for Best Original Score
Newton-John, OliviaOlivia Newton-John
Mancini, HenryHenry Mancini
Hawn, GoldieGoldie Hawn Presenter of the award for Best Cinematography
Voight, JonJon Voight
Davis, BetteBette Davis Presenter of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Charlton Heston
de Havilland, OliviaOlivia de Havilland Presenter of the Honorary Award to Margaret Booth
Fawcett, FarrahFarrah Fawcett Presenters of the award for Best Film Editing
Mastroianni, MarcelloMarcello Mastroianni
Astaire, FredFred Astaire Presenter of the award for Best Original Song
Tyson, CicelyCicely Tyson Presenters of the award for Best Director
Vidor, KingKing Vidor
Chayefsky, PaddyPaddy Chayefsky Presenter of the award for Best Original and Adapted Screenplay
Gaynor, JanetJanet Gaynor Presenters of the award for Best Actress
Matthau, WalterWalter Matthau
Stallone, SylvesterSylvester Stallone Presenter of the award for Best Actor
Kramer, StanleyStanley Kramer Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Walter Mirisch
Nicholson, JackJack Nicholson Presenter of the award for Best Picture


Performer Role Performed
Newman, LionelLionel Newman Musical arranger
"Storm Clouds Cantata"
Reynolds, DebbieDebbie Reynolds Performer "Look How Far We've Come"
Boone, DebbyDebby Boone Performer "You Light Up My Life" from You Light Up My Life
Loring, GloriaGloria Loring Performer "Candle on the Water" from Pete's Dragon and "Someone's Waiting for You" from The Rescuers
Davis Jr., SammySammy Davis Jr. Performers "Come Light the Candles"
Hamlisch, MarvinMarvin Hamlisch
Franklin, ArethaAretha Franklin Performer "Nobody Does It Better" from The Spy Who Loved Me
Powell, JaneJane Powell Performer "The Slipper and the Rose Waltz (He Danced with Me)" from The Slipper and the Rose
Academy Award Chorus Performers "That's Entertainment"

Multiple nominations and awards


Sammy Davis, Jr. and Marvin Hamlisch performed "Come Light the Candles" in tribute to:

See also


  1. ^ Bialik, Carl (February 26, 2008). "And the Oscar Goes to… Fewer TV Viewers". The Wall Street Journal. 
  2. ^ "The 50th Academy Awards (1978) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  3. ^ a b John Bradey, "The craft of the screenwriter", 1981. Page 57

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