49th Academy Awards
The 49th Academy Awards were presented Monday, March 28, 1977, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. The ceremonies were presided over by Richard Pryor, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Fonda, and Warren Beatty.
|49th Academy Awards|
|Date||March 28, 1977|
|Site||Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Hosted by||Richard Pryor
|Produced by||William Friedkin|
|Directed by||Marty Pasetta|
|Most awards||All the President's Men and Network (4)|
|Most nominations||Network and Rocky (10)|
|TV in the United States|
|Duration||3 hours, 38 minutes|
This Academy Awards ceremony is notable for Peter Finch becoming the first posthumous winner of an Oscar for acting, a feat matched only by fellow Australian Heath Ledger 32 years later; Finch had suffered a fatal heart attack in mid-January. Beatrice Straight set another record by becoming the actor with the shortest performance ever in a film to win an acting Oscar, with only five minutes and two seconds of screen-time in Network. Network, along with All the President's Men, were the two biggest champs of the ceremony with four Oscars each, but Best Picture and Best Director ultimately went to Rocky.
Piper Laurie was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Carrie (1976), her first role since her Best Actress-nominated performance in The Hustler (1961), thus being nominated for two consecutive roles, fifteen years apart.
Network became the second film (after A Streetcar Named Desire) to win three acting Oscars, and the last, as of the 90th Academy Awards, to receive five acting nominations. It was also the eleventh of fifteen films (to date) to receive nominations in all four acting categories.
This year's Academy Awards is also notable for the first ever female nominee for Best Director, Lina Wertmüller for Seven Beauties. To date, four further female directors have been nominated: Jane Campion for The Piano in 1993, Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation in 2003, Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2009 (the first to win the award), and Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird in 2017. Barbra Streisand received her second Academy Award, composing music for the love theme "Evergreen", the first woman to be honored as a composer.
No honorary awards were given this year.
ABC had the Oscars from 1960–70 and had regained them for 1976. For the second straight year, the ceremony was scheduled directly opposite the NCAA championship basketball game on NBC, won by Marquette in Al McGuire's final game as head coach. The two events conflicted again five years later in 1982.
Winners and nomineesEdit
Special Achievement AwardEdit
- Carlo Rambaldi, Glen Robinson, and Frank Van der Veer for the visual effects of King Kong
- L. B. Abbott, Glen Robinson, and Matthew Yuricich for the visual effects of Logan's Run
Irving G. Thalberg Memorial AwardEdit
Multiple nominations and awardsEdit
These films had multiple nominations:
The following films received multiple awards.
Presenters and performersEdit
The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.
|Simms, HankHank Simms||Announcer of the 49th annual Academy Awards|
|Mirisch, WalterWalter Mirisch (AMPAS President)||Gave opening remarks welcoming guests to the awards ceremony|
|Chase, ChevyChevy Chase||Explains the voting rules to the public|
|O'Neal, TatumTatum O'Neal||Presenter of the award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Feldman, MartyMarty Feldman||Presenter of the Short Films Awards|
|Scheider, RoyRoy Scheider||Presenter of the Special Achievement Award|
|Keller, MartheMarthe Keller||Presenter of the award for Best Art Direction|
|Ali, MuhammadMuhammad Ali
|Presenters of the award for Best Supporting Actress|
|Holden, WilliamWilliam Holden||Presenter of the award for Best Film Editing|
|Skelton, RedRed Skelton||Presenter of the award for Best Sound|
|Tyson, CicelyCicely Tyson||Presenter of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award to Pandro S. Berman|
|Sutherland, DonaldDonald Sutherland||Presenter of the award for Best Cinematography|
|Bailey, PearlPearl Bailey||Presenter of the award for Best Foreign Language Film|
|Ann-Margret||Presenter of the Music Awards|
|Hellman, LillianLillian Hellman||Presenter of the Documentary Awards|
|Diamond, NeilNeil Diamond||Presenter of the award for Best Original Song|
|Mailer, NormanNorman Mailer||Presenter of the Writing Awards|
|Moreau, JeanneJeanne Moreau||Presenter of the award for Best Director|
|Dobson, TamaraTamara Dobson||Presenter of the award for Best Costume Design|
|Ullmann, LivLiv Ullmann||Presenter of the award for Best Actor|
|Fletcher, LouiseLouise Fletcher||Presenter of the award for Best Actress|
|Nicholson, JackJack Nicholson||Presenter of the award for Best Picture|
|Conti, BillBill Conti||Musical arranger and conductor||Orchestral|
|Ann-Margret, Ann-Margret||Performer||“Magic Circle (It All Started in Someone's Head)“|
|Albert, EdwardEdward Albert||Performer||"A World That Never Was" from Half a House|
|Vereen, BenBen Vereen||Performer||"Gonna Fly Now" from Rocky|
|Jones, TomTom Jones||Performer||"Come to Me" from The Pink Panther Strikes Again|
|Vivante, TonyTony Vivante||Performer||"Ave Satani" from The Omen|
|Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand||Performer||"Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" from A Star Is Born|
|Ann-Margret, Ann-Margret||Performer||“Magic Circle (Reprise)”|