44th Academy Awards
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.
|44th Academy Awards|
|Date||April 10, 1972|
|Site||Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles|
|Hosted by||Helen Hayes, Alan King, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Jack Lemmon|
|Produced by||Howard W. Koch|
|Directed by||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)|
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Winners and nomineesEdit
Honorary Academy AwardsEdit
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 to re-market his older films and 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 awardsEdit
The following 18 films received multiple nominations.
The following five films received multiple awards.