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The 50th Annual Academy Awards

Year:
IMDB rate:
8.1
Director:
Marty Pasetta
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys.
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1978-04-03
Filming Locations: California, USA
Cast
Actor
Character
Bob Hope
Himself - Host
Jack Albertson
Himself - Past Winner
Irwin Allen
Himself - Past Winner
Edward Anhalt
Himself - Past Winner
Fred Astaire
Himself - Presenter: Best Original Song
Priscilla Barnes
Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award
John Barry
Himself - Winner: Best Art Direction
Anne Baxter
Herself - Past Winner
Robert Benton
Himself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay
Tony Bill
Himself - Past Winner
Karen Black
Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award
Robert Blalack
Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Debby Boone
Herself - Performer
Margaret Booth
Herself - Honorary Award Recipient
Ernest Borgnine
Himself
Marshall Brickman
Himself - Winner: Best Original Screenplay
Garrett Brown
Himself - Winner: Scientific or Technical Award Class I
Leslie Browne
Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Richard Burton
Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Ben Burtt
Himself - Winner: Special Achievement Award
Red Buttons
Himself - Past Winner
Michael Caine
Himself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Richard Carlson
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Stockard Channing
Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design
Cyd Charisse
Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award
Paddy Chayefsky
Himself - Presenter: Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay
Richard Chew
Himself - Winner: Best Film Editing
Roger Christian
Himself - Winner: Best Art Direction
Joan Crawford
Herself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Bing Crosby
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Quinn Cummings
Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Anthony Daniels
C-3PO
Sammy Davis Jr.
Himself - Performer
Bette Davis
Herself - Presenter: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Olivia de Havilland
Herself - Presenter: Honorary Award to Margaret Booth
Ed Di Giulio
Himself - Winner: Scientific or Technical Award Class I
Leslie Dilley
Himself - Winner: Best Art Direction
Melinda Dillon
Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Kirk Douglas
Himself - Presenter: Documentary Feature and Documentary Short
Richard Dreyfuss
Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Patty Duke
Herself - Past Winner (as Patty Duke Astin)
John Dykstra
Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Richard Edlund
Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Kermit Eller
Himself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award
Mia Farrow
Herself - Audience Member
Farrah Fawcett
Herself - Presenter: Best Film Editing (as Farrah Fawcett-Majors)
Peter Finch
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Peter Firth
Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Louise Fletcher
Herself - Past Winner
Jane Fonda
Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Joan Fontaine
Herself - Presenter: Best Visual Effects
Jodie Foster
Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Animated Short Film and Best Live Action Short Film
Aretha Franklin
Herself - Performer
Peggy Ann Garner
Herself
Greer Garson
Herself - Presenter: Best Art Direction
Janet Gaynor
Herself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Susan George
Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award
Kenneth Grant Sr.
Dancer (as Ken Grant)
Johnny Green
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Score and Best Adapted Score
Joel Grey
Himself - Past Winner
Mark Hamill
Himself - Presenter: Special Technical Awards
Marvin Hamlisch
Perfomer for Memorial Tribute ('Come Light the Candles')
Goldie Hawn
Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Cinematography
Mary Ann Hay
Dancer
Charlton Heston
Himself - Hersholt Award Recipient
Paul Hirsch
Himself - Winner: Best Film Editing
William Holden
Himself - Presenter: Best Sound Mixing
Burl Ives
Himself
Charles H. Joffe
Himself - Winner: Best Picture
Diane Keaton
Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role
George Kennedy
Himself - Past Winner
Stanley Kramer
Himself - Presenter: Thalberg Award
Arthur Laurents
Himself - Nominee: Best Picture & Best Original Screenplay
Michele Lee
Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award
Gloria Loring
Herself - Performer
George Lucas
Himself - Nominee: Best Director & Best Original Screenplay
Marcia Lucas
Herself - Winner: Best Film Editing
Don MacDougall
Himself - Winner: Best Sound
Shirley MacLaine
Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Dorothy Malone
Herself - Past Winner and Audience Member
Henry Mancini
Himself - Co-Presenter:Best Original Score and Best Adapted Score
Groucho Marx
Himself (Memorial Tribute) (archive footage)
Marsha Mason
Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Marcello Mastroianni
Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Co-Presenter: Best Film Editing
Walter Matthau
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Grant McCune
Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Bob Minkler
Himself - Winner: Best Sound
Walter Mirisch
Himself - Thalberg Award Recipient
John Mollo
Himself - Winner: Best Costume Design
Dudley Moore
Himself - Audience Member
Rita Moreno
Herself - Audience Member
Zero Mostel
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Olivia Newton-John
Herself - Presenter: Best Original Score and Best Adapted Score
Jack Nicholson
Himself - Presenter: Best Picture
Edmond O'Brien
Himself - Past Winner
Margaret O'Brien
Herself
Eleanor Parker
Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award
Jane Powell
Herself - Performer
Elvis Presley
Himself - Memorial Tribute (archive footage)
Deborah Raffin
Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award
Vanessa Redgrave
Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Donna Reed
Herself - Audience Member and Past Winner
Debbie Reynolds
Herself - Performer
Norman Reynolds
Himself - Winner: Best Art Direction
Cliff Robertson
Himself - Past Winner
Mickey Rooney
Himself - Audience Member
Herbert Ross
Himself - Nominee: Best Picture & Best Director
Eva Marie Saint
Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Alvin Sargent
Himself - Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay
Neil Simon
Himself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay
Maggie Smith
Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Gale Sondergaard
Herself - Past Winner
Camilla Sparv
Herself - Performer: Best Costume Design Award
Steven Spielberg
Himself - Nominee: Best Director
Sylvester Stallone
Himself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Barbara Stanwyck
Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound
John Stears
Himself - Winner: Best Visual Effects
Beatrice Straight
Herself - Past Winner
John Travolta
Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role & Presenter: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Claire Trevor
Herself - Past Winner
Cicely Tyson
Herself - Presenter: Best Director
Jack Valenti
Himself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
King Vidor
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Director
Jon Voight
Himself - Presenter: Best Cinematography
Robert Wagner
Himself - Audience Member
Raquel Welch
Herself - Co-Presenter: Documentary Feature and Documentary Short
Tuesday Weld
Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Ray West
Himself - Winner: Best Sound
Haskell Wexler
Himself - Past Winner
Billy Dee Williams
Himself - Presenter: Academy Award of Merit
John Williams
Himself - Winner: Best Original Score
Paul Williams
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Animated Short Film and Best Live Action Short Film
Henry Winkler
Himself - Co-Presenter: Best Art Direction
Natalie Wood
Herself - Presenter: Best Costume Design
Smith Wordes
Dancer
Teresa Wright
Herself - Past Winner
Fred Zinnemann
Himself - Nominee: Best Director
Vilmos Zsigmond
Himself - Winner: Best Cinematography
Troy Garity
Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Tom Hayden
Himself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Vanessa Vadim
Herself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
When Debby Boone performed Best Original Song nominee "You Light Up My Life", she was accompanied by a chorus of little girls who were announced to have come from The John Tracy Clinic for the Deaf who interpreted the lyrics in sign language. It was later reported that the girls were really students rounded up at Torrence Elementary School in Torrence, California, and that they were actually signing gibberish. The girls who had been asked to perform from the clinic were unavailable due to some legal wrangles.
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For whatever reason, Howard Hawks was left out of the Memorial Tribute sequence although he died in December 1977.
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Each of the five Best Picture nominees feature plots primarily driven by the actions or focus a principal female character: Annie Hall (1977) (Annie is the object of Alvy's affection), The Goodbye Girl (1977) (Paula's resolution of her domestic issues and romance with Elliot), Julia (1977) (Lilian's relationship with her closest friend, Julia) Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) (Princess Leia sending the droids to alert Obi-Wan Kenobi and her subsequent rescue), The Turning Point (1977) (Deedee and Emma are reconnected through Emilia; the catalyst for the two women's eventual conflict).
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Quotes
Paddy Chayefsky: Before I get on to the writing awards, there's a little matter I'd like to tidy up, at least if I expect to live with myself tomorrow morning. I would like to say -- personal opinion, of course -- that I'm sick and tired of people exploiting the occasion of the Academy Awards...
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Vanessa Redgrave: My dear colleagues, I thank you very much for this tribute to my work. I think that Jane Fonda and I have done the best work of our lives. And I salute you, and I pay tribute to you, and I think you should be very proud that in the last few weeks you've stood firm, and you have refused to be intimidated by the threats of a small bunch of Zionist hoodlums, whose behavior...
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