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49th Academy Awards

49th Academy Awards
Date Monday, March 28, 1977
Site Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles
Host Richard Pryor, Jane Fonda, Ellen Burstyn, Warren Beatty
Producer William Friedkin
Director 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
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The 49th Academy Awards were presented March 28, 1977, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by Richard Pryor, Jane Fonda, Ellen Burstyn, and Warren Beatty.

This Academy Awards ceremony is notable for Peter Finch becoming the first posthumous winner of an Oscar for acting, a feat matched only by Heath Ledger 32 years later. Beatrice Straight set another record by becoming the actor with shortest performance ever in a film to win an acting Oscar, with only five minutes and forty seconds of screentime in Network. Network, along with All the President's Men, were the two biggest champs of the ceremony with four Oscars each; however, John G. Avildsen won Best Director in an upset, presaging Rocky's eventual Best Picture victory.

Piper Laurie was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Carrie (1976), her first acting role since her Best Actress-nominated performance in The Hustler (1961), thus being nominated for two consecutive roles, 15 years apart.

As of the 86th Academy Awards, Network remains the last film to receive five acting nominations, and the last to win three acting Oscars. It was also the third film (after Mutiny on the Bounty and From Here to Eternity) to receive three nominations in lead 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, three further female directors have been nominated: Jane Campion for The Piano in 1993, Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation in 2003, and Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2009 (the first to win the award).


  • Winners and nominees 1
    • Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award 1.1
    • Multiple nominations and awards 1.2
    • Presenters 1.3
    • Performers 1.4
  • See also 2
  • References 3

Winners and nominees

Winners are highlighted in bold.[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
Best Original Score Best Original Song Score or Adaptation Score
Best Original Song Best Sound Mixing
Best Art Direction Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing

Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

Multiple nominations and awards


Name Role
Chase, ChevyChevy Chase Voting Rules
O'Neal, TatumTatum O'Neal Best Supporting Actor
Feldman, MartyMarty Feldman Short Subjects Awards
Scheider, RoyRoy Scheider Special Achievement Award
Keller, MartheMarthe Keller Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
Ali, MuhammadMuhammad Ali Best Supporting Actress
Stallone, SylvesterSylvester Stallone
Holden, WilliamWilliam Holden Best Film Editing
Skelton, RedRed Skelton Best Sound
Tyson, CicelyCicely Tyson Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Sutherland, DonaldDonald Sutherland Best Cinematography
Bailey, PearlPearl Bailey Best Foreign Language Film
Ann-Margret Music Awards
Hellman, LillianLillian Hellman Documentary Awards
Diamond, NeilNeil Diamond Best Original Song
Mailer, NormanNorman Mailer Writing Awards
Moreau, JeanneJeanne Moreau Best Director
Dobson, TamaraTamara Dobson Best Costume Design
Ullmann, LivLiv Ullmann Best Actor
Fletcher, LouiseLouise Fletcher Best Actress
Nicholson, JackJack Nicholson Best Picture


Name Performed
Ann-Margret “Magic Circle“
Albert, EdwardEdward Albert "A World That Never Was" from Half a House
Vereen, BenBen Vereen "Gonna Fly Now" from Rocky
Jones, TomTom Jones "Come to Me" from The Pink Panther Strikes Again
Tony Vivante "Ave Satani" from The Omen
Streisand, BarbraBarbra Streisand "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" from A Star Is Born
Ann-Margret “Magic Circle (Reprise)”

See also


  1. ^ The Official Academy Awards® Database
  2. ^ "The 49th Academy Awards (1977) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-10-03. 
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