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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
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Date March 28, 1977
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted by Richard Pryor
Ellen Burstyn
Jane Fonda
Warren Beatty
Produced by William Friedkin
Directed by Marty Pasetta
Best Picture Rocky
Most awards All the President's Men and Network (4)
Most nominations Network and Rocky (10)
TV in the United States
Network ABC
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

Peter Finch, Best Actor winner
Faye Dunaway, Best Actress winner
Jason Robards, Best Supporting Actor winner

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface and indicated with a double dagger ( ).[1][2]

Best Picture Best Director
Best Actor Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress
Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Best Documentary Feature Best Documentary Short Subject
Best Live Action Short Film Best Animated Short Film
Best Original Score Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score
Best Original Song Best Sound
Best Foreign Language Film Best Costume Design
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing

Special Achievement AwardEdit

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial AwardEdit

Multiple nominations and awardsEdit

Presenters and performersEdit

The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.


Name Role
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
Sylvester Stallone
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


Name Role Performed
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)”

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Official Academy Awards® Database
  2. ^ "The 49th Academy Awards (1977) Nominees and Winners". Archived from the original on 2015-01-11. Retrieved 2011-10-03.